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any wars turn out to be marches of folly, but 
the Crimean War (1853-56), a sectarian affair 
that arrayed Catholic and Protestant Europe 
and Muslim Turkey against the Russian Orthodox faith- 
ful, was exemplary in this regard, producing near half 
a million dead soldiers, the vast majority killed not by 
bullet or blade but by exposure, malnutrition, and dysen- 
tery — in other words, by the incompetence of generals 
and governments. 

Particularly inept was the British war office, which 
expended 21,000 men over three years, only 5,000 of 
whom died as a consequence of battle. When peace arrived, 
glory was in short supply, and the British settled for the 
one war hero on whom all could agree, 36-year-old Miss 
Florence Nightingale, known to us as the inventor of profes- 
sional nursing. To her contemporaries, however, she was, 
in Longfellow's celebrated phrase, the "lady with the lamp," 
who in the groan-filled night wards at her hospital in Scutari, 
Turkey, ministered to bedridden soldiers who "kiss[ed] Her 
shadow, as it falls Upon the darkening walls." 

Poems were the least of it. Statues of Nightingale were 
erected, and Staffordshire figurines of the lady with the 
lamp were in the shops. From the palace came invitations 
for tete-a-tetes with Queen Victoria, and from the general 
public came a substantial "Nightingale Fund" for her use; 
within a year of her return, a wax likeness stood in Madame 
Tussauds. None of this suited the real Florence Nightingale, 
who was not the plaster angel England yearned for but a 
brilliant, judgmental, ambitious, and acerbic woman with 
a personal and scholarly penchant for Christian mysticism, 
particularly of the shockingly Catholic self- abnegating vari- 
ety; or, as one recent biographer put it, she was part Joan of 
Arc and part Margaret Thatcher. 

Born to privilege, Nightingale early on rejected the solid 
humdrum to which she was entitled and — called by God, 
she wrote in her diary — determined to do some large, self- 
sacrificial good. As a young woman she went to Germany 
to see how nursing was practiced there, and then, to the 
dismay of her family, took work as a supervisor of nurses 
at a London hospital. In 1854, she was tapped by a British 
government desperate to find a woman of suitable class 
who could deal with the emerging scandal of the first British 
army ever to be destroyed by the lack of wool socks and 
soap. That November, Nightingale and a small group of 
nurses arrived to work at the hospital in Scutari that might 

be called makeshift if makeshift could be made to encom- 
pass clogged sewers; shortages of food, dressings, medicine, 
and staff; and a mortality rate of nearly 50 percent. 

Nightingale spent two years trying to straighten out 
Scutari and its ilk, with limited success. A sick man was safer 
in his tent than under Nightingale's care, it's been shown. 
Government bureaucracies remained obtuse. And what 
Nightingale and her colleagues didn't know about microbes 
and germs turned out to be lethal. Her letters to London 
were at once practical (demands for underwear), strategi- 
cally manipulative (she signed herself "deputy inspector 
of hospitals," a pure invention), learned (she made herself 
a virtuoso statistician of death), and shrewdly comic. Of a 
group of Catholic nuns whom she wanted transferred from 
Scutari, she wrote, they were "fit more for Heaven than for a 
Hospital." Nightingale was by all accounts an assiduous bed- 
side nurse, plugging open arteries with lint, cleaning messes, 
massaging the limbs of the dying. She found the work, she 
wrote in her diary, a "great serenefier." As to the story of 
her walking the corridors — four miles of them — with lamp 
in hand, it was true. 

A year after she returned to England, Nightingale disap- 
peared into her London home, later retreating to her bed- 
room, convinced, she said, that she was dying. In 1859 she 
published the bell-clear Notes on Nursing: What It Is and What 
It Is Not, which remains useful and in print today; and over 
the next two decades — still dying — she worked, through 
correspondence and private secretaries, to reform medical 
care and social service in Great Britain. And she worked on 
associated issues of public good until she did die, at age 90. 

Her reclusiveness has consumed much ink in the field 
of "Nightingale studies." Was her illness and its associated 
pains real or imagined? Was it brought about by neurasthe- 
nia? Depression? Bipolar disorder? Guilt over the deaths 
she'd not prevented at Scutari? Syphilis? 

Among the medical possibilities, brucellosis seems to fit 
the reported symptoms best. Among the fanciful, I favor the 
notion that the unapproachable invalid was another inven- 
tion by the subject herself — as with "deputy inspector," a 
way of wresting a chosen life from a society that was pre- 
pared to grant such a thing to the "lady with the lamp" but 
not to the lady herself. 

Our story on the chosen lives of student nurses begins 
on page 20. 





From "Homefire," pg. 34 



For two years, they learned theory and 
practiced with mannequins. Now it's time for 
Stacey Barone's students to treat patients 
By Amy Sutherland 


Chuck Hogan '89 works eight hours a day, 
seven days a week. The results are explosive 
By Dave Denison 


The photographs of Bobbie Hanvey 
By Thomas Cooper 


Lotteries once served to build this country. 
Today they tax the poor 
By Erik C. Owens 

cover photograph: Gary Wayne Gilbert 

2 Letters 

4 Linden 

Campus digest • Honoring 
the past, probing the 
future of military service 

• Number 94 inspires a 
fundraiser • A celebrated 
thinker has friends to 
dinner • One Saturday 
shift, at the call center 

• Portico brings Kant, 
Bentham, and Charles 
Ponzi to the Carroll School 
curriculum • Oops! 

• A rivalry, brief but hard- 
fought, is soon to go dor- 
mant • RL 357/EN 084— 
Memory and literature 

50 End 


A professor's brief 
to the Supreme Court 

• In the 15th cen- 
tury, men read 
Christine de Pizan 

• The words between 
us • 'Conceptual 
anarchy' — a cento 

in six verses 


88 Inquiring 

46 G21 


A busy man prays 

How does AIDS enter 
the brain? 

89 Works 
& Days 

Community newsman 
Bill Forry '95 




from @bc: "First Responder" — video interview with 
Bill Forry '95 of the Boston Haitian Reporter (pg. 89) 

from front row: Mary Hughes, adjunct professor 
in the Arts and Sciences Honors Program, on grief 
and the ways that words connect us (pg. 56) 

links to: The Burns Library's online Bobbie Hanvey 
photographic archives (pg. 34) 

Robert Waldron on learning to pray (pg. 46) 

Law professor Daniel Kanstroom's Supreme Court 
brief on behalf of Uighur detainees (pg. 51) 

reader's list: Books by alumni, faculty, and staff 

headliners: Alumni in the news 




Ben Birnbaum 


Anna Marie Murphy 


Thomas Cooper 


Christine Hagg 


Keith Ake 


Gary Wayne Gilbert 


Lee Pellegrini 


Tim Czerwienski '06 


William Bole 


Ravi Jain, Miles Benson 

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Re Gene M. Heyman's article "Drug of 
Choice" (Fall 2009): Professor Heyman's 
research seems to be part of the never- 
ending battle between nature — i.e., the 
genetic component — and nurture. The 
December 7 Newsweek, which arrived in 
the same mail delivery as BCM, offered 
this: Genes determine the temperament of 
infants, which temperament in turn deter- 
mines nurture — behavior. In other words, 
your mother and your family history are 
responsible for your dis-ease of alcoholism. 

Michael A. Kirk-Duggan, JD '56 

Raleigh, North Carolina 

I am pictured on page 17 of the Fall 2009 
article on Harry Markopolos, MS'97 ("The 
Man Who Knew Too Much," by Dave 
Denison). You mentioned my name and 
title, but you did not mention that I am also 
a Boston College alumnus (Ph.D., history). 

John H. Walsh Ph.D. '95 

Bethesda, Maryland 

From August 2009 to January 2010, the writ- 
er was acting director of the SEC's Office of 
Compliance, Inspections, and Examinations, 
which he now serves as chief legal officer. 


Re William Bole's column on Kevin 
Kenny's Peaceable Kingdom Lost ("Deal 
Breakers," Fall 2009): On one level, 
Professor Kenny's book is the story of the 
killing by a group of frontier settlers called 
the Paxton Boys of the last remaining 
Conestoga Indians who were under the 
protection of the Quaker pacifist authori- 
ties. This in itself is an interesting and 
little exposed part of history (and some 
historically important characters, includ- 
ing George Washington and Benjamin 
Franklin, turn up in roles outside of those 
for which they are better known). Yet 
the book draws out extra dimensions, as 
well. It raises questions about the nature 
of government — about proprietary cor- 
porate versus direct monarchy versus the 

early risings of democracy and the right to 
representation. Kenny also lays bare the 
practical difficulties of sustaining a pacifist 
philosophy: How can a fundamentally 
pacifist authority maintain law and order 
among its citizenry, and how can it protect 
its citizens from external threats, without 
the ability to bear arms? 

Brian Malone 

Newton, Massachusetts 

William Bole's Inquiring Minds column 
on Peaceable Kingdom Lost zeroed in on 
a period of American development that 
receives little acknowledgement in the 
classroom. Numerous religious factors 
contributed to our history. Mistreatment 
of native populations was frequently 
directed by church and state interests. 
Continued support for inquiring minds of 
the likes of Professor Kenny is an essential 
component of Boston College's mission. 

Matthew Chauncey, MA72 

Antrim, New Hampshire 

Kevin Kenny's Peaceable Kingdom Lost 
can be appreciated by historians and 
non-academics alike. The relations Kenny 
describes between natives and settlers in 
early Pennsylvania yield valuable insights 
and lessons for the present with respect to 
prejudice, intolerance, and man's inhuman- 
ity to man. The book's illustrations, maps, 
and portraits help to bring the past to life. 

Joyce Freedman 

Newton, Massachusetts 

Many thanks for "Start Up," Thomas 
C. Cooper's Fall 2009 article on Boston 
College's "new" School of Theology and 
Ministry (STM), formerly the Weston 
Jesuit School of Theology and the Institute 
for Religious Education and Pastoral 
Ministry (IREPM). As a Weston grad 
who followed the negotiations leading to 
Weston's move to Boston College, I was 
happy to read that so much of what made 
Weston a distinctive place for learning 
has apparently survived. One of the great 

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blessings of Weston during my time there 
in the late 1 990s was the marvelous fac- 
ulty, some of the best theological minds 
in the country — superb writers, talented 
teachers, helpful advisors, and valuable 
role models for Christian living. Many are 
at STM todav: Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, 
Richard A. Clifford, SJ (the current dean), 
Francine Cardman, Janice Farnham, RJM, 
Margaret Eletta Guider, OSF, Stanley 
Marrow, SJ. 

James Martin, SJ 

New York, New York 

This letter is prompted by the virtual dis- 
appearance of IREPM into STM, which 
was seemingly confirmed in "Start Up." 
(For the record: I served as associate direc- 
tor of IREPM from 1976 to 1986 and 
taught there as recently as 2006). 

In a fog of talk of "sacred theology," 
licentiates, canonical this-and-that, and the 
master's in divinity, gone missing is any 
mention of the IREPM Ph.D. in theology 
and education. There is, incredibly, no 
mention of the institute's Hispanic minis- 
try programs, its celebration of women's 
spirituality, and its summer school, which 
each year imports the world's finest theo- 
logians. And there is scant notice of the 
highly diversified, cost-effective master's 
in pastoral ministry. 

Padraic O'Hare 

North Andover, Massachusetts 

The author is professor of religious and theo- 
logical studies at Merrimack College. 

I was pleased to see, in "Start Up," that the 
qualities that made IREPM a wonderful 
experience for me almost 20 years ago 
are present in STM. During my time at 
IREPM, the student body was made up 
of people from all over the country and 
the world, representing all states of life — 
clergy, laity, and consecrated religious. 
Tom Groome's book Christian Religious 
Education: Sharing Our Story and Vision 
(1980) had an enormous impact on the 
catechetical community, and educators 
from schools, college campuses, and par- 
ishes participated in IREPM's courses. The 
education was human, spiritual, intellectu- 
al, and pastoral. This integrated approach 
continues, enhanced at STM by the addi- 
tion to the student body of Capuchin, 

Redemptorist, and Jesuit candidates for 
Holy Orders. That STM is one of six eccle- 
siastical faculties in the United States will 
give added depth to course offerings. 

Susan Abbott, M.Ed.'92 
Boston, Massachusetts 


Seth Meehan's interviews with veterans 
were excellent ("War Stories," Summer 
2009). You may be interested to know that 
Jim Walsh '68 was a pilot in the Vietnam 
War who was shot down and became a 
prisoner of war. He has been a pilot for 
Continental Airlines for many years. 

Brian Froelich '68 

Maplewood, New Jersey 


As a former student at Rice High School, 
I was full of pride when I read the excerpt 
from The Street Stops Here: A Year at a 
Catholic High School in Harlem, by Patrick J. 
McCloskey ("Delivery System," Fall 2009). 
During the year covered in the book, I was 
a senior. Our school was small, but it made 
such a difference in many young black and 
latino men's lives. Reading the book gave 
me an opportunity to look at myself, to see 
who I was in high school — a wisecracking 
underachiever — compared with who I am 
now, an assistant principal at a Catholic 
school. And I'm not Catholic; Rice served 
students whatever their religious beliefs. 

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to share 
my success with the man who would have 
probably told me, "I'm not surprised. I 
knew you were going to do it all along." 
Principal Orlando Gober died [in 2005, of 
complications from diabetes] before I got 
the chance. 

Catholic schools get the job done. They 
give students structure and responsibility, 
and they do it for less. 

Kawone Williams 

New York, New York 

I was in the cafeteria at Rice High School 
on the day in 1999 described in "Delivery 
System." I was there when Orlando Gober 
strode in front of that group of freshmen 
and challenged them to overcome stereo- 
types and low expectations. Gober chal- 
lenged them every day he was principal. 
He was their greatest advocate, their great- 
est friend, and greatest teacher. He would 

often tell the teachers during faculty meet- 
ings, "You don't teach English. You don't 
teach religion. You don't teach math. You 
teach young men." 

The few teachers left from that era still 
deal in "remember whens," still bring up 
the two-to-three-hour faculty meetings, 
the scolding Gober would give an adult 
who didn't live up to his lofty standards: all 
for the students. His legacy lives on in the 
young men from that time who come back 
to visit on their college breaks, their vaca- 
tions from work, their time home from 
overseas. Orlando would have been proud 
of the ones who, having done well in busi- 
ness, lend a hand financially to the strug- 
gling school, and the ones who have begun 
mentoring programs — often the students 
whom you didn't think you were reaching 
while they were sitting in front of you. 

John Shea 

New York, New York 

The writer is Rice High School's English chair. 

A profound sequence of events connects 
the Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice of Ire- 
land, the Christian Brothers, and the suc- 
cess of Rice High School. The penal laws 
that applied to British-ruled Ireland in the 
1 8th century made it illegal for Catho- 
lics to receive an education. In spite of 
this, Edmund Rice began educating poor 
Catholics in Ireland. Later, a few men vol- 
unteered to join him in this cause. 

The group expanded and became the 
congregation of Christian Brothers. Today 
the order has schools on five continents. 

fames J. Brogan '65 

Somerville, Massachusetts 

Correction: According to "Start-up" (Fall 
2009), Boston College's School of Theology 
and Ministry "constitutes one of six Jesuit 
ecclesiastical faculties in the United States." 
There are indeed six U.S. ecclesiastical facul- 
ties, but only two of them — STM and the 
Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara 
University — are Jesuit. Also, Daniel J. Har- 
rington, SJ, is 69, not 75 as reported. 

BCAA welcomes letters from readers. Letters 
may be edited for length and clarity, and 
must be signed to be published. Our fax 
number is (617) 552-2441; our e-mail 
address is 



6 Veterans days 

Honoring the past, 
probing the future of 
military service 

8 Student aid 

Number 94 inspires 
a fundraiser 

9 Table talk 

A celebrated thinker has 
friends to dinner 

11 Dialing for dollars 

One Saturday shift, at the 
call center 

13 Life plan 

Portico brings Kant, 
Bentham, and Charles 
Ponzi to the Carroll 
School curriculum 

15 Close-up 


16 The last train 

A rivalry, brief but 
hard-fought, is soon to 
go dormant 

18 Assigned Reading 

RL 357/EN 084: Memory 
and Literature 





Using the nation's first model of quarterly 
charitable giving, the University's Center 
on Wealth and Philanthropy predicted 
that gifts to good causes would turn out 
to show a drop of 5.3 percent in 2009 
but increase in 2010. $ In response 
to student importunings, the O'Neill 
Library created a rear entrance allowing 
students to enter from the fourth floor of 
21 Campanella Way and without wind- 
ing themselves on the atrium stairs to the 
middle campus. $ The Social Security 
Administration awarded Carroll School 
professor Alicia Munnell $3 million to 
promote financial literacy among work- 
ers and retirees. ^ The Connell School's 
Ann Burgess had her name affixed to an 
annual award made by the International 
Association of Forensic Nurses, while 
the Lynch School's Audrey Friedman 
was named "Massachusetts Professor 
of the Year" in a review sponsored by 
the Carnegie Foundation. )K Michael 
Bourque was named vice president for 
information technology, joining his 
brother Dan Bourque, vice president for 
facilities management, on the president's 
cabinet. Three Bourque brothers and four 
sisters do not yet hold executive positions 
at the University. \V William Neenan, 
SJ, who lent his credence and name to 
last year's successful effort to increase 
the rate of alumni giving ("The Neenan 
Challenge"), has taken on campus energy 
usage, appearing with a green upper lip 
and a bemused smile on a poster for the 

"Got Green?" conservation campaign. 
\V H 1 N 1 vaccine was offered free of 
change to all employees and students, and 
some 800 responded positively; campus 
buses were fitted with anti-bacterial soap 
dispensers. X( Setti Warren '93, and 
Scott Brown, JD'85, were elected, respec- 
tively, to the mayor's post in Newton, 
Massachusetts, and to the United States 
Senate. )J( James Q. Wilson, a leading 
conservative scholar of American politics, 
is a visiting fellow at the newly estab- 
lished Clough Center for the Study of 
Constitutional Democracy. Wilson will 
teach a seminar and deliver a public lecture 
each semester. $ The recently approved 
mathematics doctoral program received 
68 applicants for seven openings next fall, 
while early applications for undergradu- 
ate admission rose from 5,500 last year 
to 5,800. ^ The University opened two 
package distribution centers on lower 
campus to serve the 4,490 students who 
live there. \V The economics department 
has added additional elective courses and 
faculty members in response to an increase 
in the number of majors. Interest in the 
field tends to rise in the wake of economic 
difficulties. \V The Heights staff elected 
Matthew DeLuca '11 editor-in-chief for 
a one-year term beginning in January 
2010. The first editorials under the new 
administration praised the introduction 
of breathalyzers into the mix of research 
protocols that Health Services uses to 
assess student drinking, and critiqued the 


frozen fenway — On January 8, the Boston College men's hockey team played defending national champion Boston University at Fenway Park, home of 
the Red Sox, in front of 38,472 fans. With snow falling and the temperature at 21 degrees, the Eagles, who were the national champions in 2008, fell to 
their crosstown rival, 3-2. Taking the ice sporting special gold sweaters with a Fenway-green stripe and, on the back, a baseball diamond above the num- 
bers are, from left, team captain Matt Price '10, assistant captain Matt Lombardi '10, Malcolm Lyles '12, and Pajjl Carey '12. 

use of core survey courses "as training 
grounds for new professors." W Tracking 
the quality of those faculty and their more 
seasoned colleagues will be easier for 
students with the launch of a new teacher- 
evaluation system that delivers composite 
information on such measures as faculty 
preparedness, availability, and passion for 
the subject matter. \V The Boston College 
post office stayed in business, dodging 
federal budget cuts. $ The television pro- 
gram Friday Night Lights filmed portions 
of a forthcoming show on the middle 
campus. \V The much-abused Canadian 
band Nickelback was further battered by 
Heights arts editors who named five of its 
tunes to a list of the 10 worst songs of 
the Oughts decade. ^ Over the course 
of 2009, the Career Center experienced a 

22 percent drop in job listings provided 
by employers seeking Boston College 
applicants. AV The two-year-old Islamic 
civilization and societies major was one 
of 30 internationally focused programs 
to receive a grant ($180,000) from the 
Department ot Education. $ Boston 
College's chapter of the NAACP celebrat- 
ed its 30th anniversary with a program 
that included reflections from Donald 
Garnett '" 7 and Charles Smith, a retired 
professor of education. The Heiglits cel- 
ebrated its 90th anniversary. $ The Long 
Run Economists, an aggregate of five 
faculty and graduate students, competed 
in the Mill Cities Relay and delivered a 
respectable 6:55 minute per mile pace 
over the 27.1 mile course. "\V Psychology 
professor Michael Numan's lifetime of 

research on the neurobiology of parental 
behavior in rodents earned him election as 
a fellow of the American Association for 
the Advancement of Science. $ Boston 
College's endowment fell by 17.8 percent 
in the fiscal vear ending May 31 — from 
$1.63 billion to $1.34 billion. The average 
loss among the top 50 endowments in the 
nation (a list on which Boston College 
holds 38th place) was 22.3 percent. In 
better fiscal news, the Light the World 
Campaign achieved $640 million in cash 
and pledges toward its $1.5 billion goal. 
W Boston College offered a voluntary 
retirement benefit of one vear's salary to 
non-faculty employees 65 or older who 
have been at the University for a minimum 
of 1 5 years. Some 70 employees are said 
to be eligible. — Ben Birnbaiun 

photograph: Justin Knight 



Paul E. Brennan '61 points to a name on the Vietnam War section of the Veterans Memorial. 

Veterans days 

By David Reich 

Honoring the past, probing the future 
of military service 

On November 1 1 , with a Veterans 
Day Mass at St. Ignatius Church 
and a solemn outdoor ceremony, the 
University community dedicated a new 
memorial to Boston College alumni who 
died in the line of duty during major 
U.S. military conflicts from World War I 
to the present. 

President William P. Leahy, SJ, in 
his homily during the Mass, noted that 
Boston College's war dead had "made 
the greatest sacrifice: their very selves." 
They set "powerful examples," he said, 
as "people who touched our lives, people 
who helped shape our nation." Army cadet 
Rafael Leonardo '11, one of several rep- 
resentatives of Boston College's Reserve 
Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) who 
assisted at the Mass, was perhaps thinking 
of the challenges facing today's military 
forces when he read from the Book of 
Wisdom: "The mighty shall be mightily 
put to the test." 

Following the service, some 850 
people, including relatives of the fallen, 
gathered for the dedication ceremony on 
the Burns Library lawn, site of the new 
memorial, a low, winding wall of granite 
blocks topped by polished granite pieces 
inscribed with the names of the 209 fallen 
alumni. Featured speaker General John 
J. Sheehan '62, USMC retired, said the 
70-foot-long, two-foot-high wall would 
serve as a reminder of the "terrible price," 
exacted by wars, "not only from soldiers 
but from the families they leave behind." 

These formal Veterans Day com- 
memorations followed, by a few days, 
several on-campus panel discussions 
about the relationship between the 
U.S. military and society. On Saturday, 
November 7, the sixth annual symposium 
of the Massachusetts Foundation tor the 
Humanities was held at Robsham Theater 
before an audience of some 350 from 
the University and general public. Titled 

"Soldiers & Citizens: Military and Civic 
Culture in America," the event focused on 
three issues: diversity in uniform, the all- 
volunteer force, and relations between the 
military and politics and society in 21st- 
century America. 

A day earlier, on November 6, a largely 
student audience of about 40 attended a 
panel discussion in Devlin 101 entitled 
"Culture Clash: Students and Soldiers." 
The discussion, which was sponsored 
by the University's Institute for Liberal 
Arts and held in conjunction with the 
Humanities symposium, ranged widely, 
touching on bonds and dissonances 
between the military and civilian worlds. 

Andrew Bacevich, a Boston University 
historian, retired U.S. Army colonel, 
and author most recently of The Limits of 
Power; a critique of U.S. foreign policy, 
led off the conversation, observing that by 
the late 1960s, as the increasingly unpopu- 
lar Vietnam War dragged on, the notion 
that military service was "a component 
of citizenship . . . had been pretty much 

The gap between civilian and military 
attitudes continued to widen, he said, 
and in the 1 980s and 1990s, "it appeared 
that prevailing views in the officer corps 
were not simply different but had a spe- 
cific ideological content. To oversimplify 
greatly, they had reached the conclusion 
that liberal Democrats were their enemy 
and conservative Republicans were their 
friends." As a result, said Bacevich, civilian 
control of the military during the Clinton 
years "appeared to be pretty dubious." 

A second panelist, Charles D. Allen, a 
professor of cultural science at the Army 
War College and, like Bacevich, a retired 
Army colonel, characterized the relation- 
ship somewhat differently. Allen noted 
that Clinton's plan to allow gays to serve 
openly in the ranks had been thwarted 
in part by officers who considered the 
matter an internal affair for the military 
(and foiled also by significant opposition 
among civilians). Nonetheless, he said, 
the military served obediently in Bosnia, 
despite a dislike of peacekeeping duties. 
And although military officers might be 
more sympathetic to Republicans, he 
said, that didn't prevent "conflict between 
military advice and presidential directives" 
during George W. Bush's administration. 



photographs: Lee Pellegrini 

Asked if reinstating the draft would 
help restore the bond between the armed 
services and civilians, panelist Maura Leo 
'08, an Army second lieutenant, said prob- 
ablv not. She pointed out that the draft 
was abandoned in 1973 under President 
Richard Nixon because a large standing 
army was no longer needed; and she main- 
tained that, given todav's high-tech fight- 
ing methods, it still isn't. In addition, said 
Leo, "You don't want your battle buddy 
to be someone who was forced" into the 

What is needed, Bacevich said, is a citi- 
zenry "that understands the importance of 
civilian control" of the military, and "that 
understands the risks inherent" in a deci- 
sion such as invading Iraq. Universities can 
help people "become literate in military 
affairs," he added, and he urged students 
to study military history "so that we don't 
get bamboozled by people in Washington 
who tell us that war is some kind of easy 

Allen agreed, suggesting that academic 
institutions "bring speakers in who are not 
traditional professors — bring former offi- 
cers in to interact with students." 

"This panel and the [Massachusetts 
Humanities symposium] are perfect 
examples of what should be done," said 
the fourth panelist, Paul Delaney '66, 
who served as an officer in Vietnam and 
was cochair of the University's veterans 
memorial committee. "Students need to 
be educated on the risks, the commitment, 
and what the alternatives are." 

One member of the audience, a young 
man, asked the panelists how universities 
might help American soldiers and marines 
acquire the cultural and diplomatic skills 
needed to combat insurgencies in the 
developing world. 

Allen responded that some service 
members are already receiving "cultural 
awareness training from anthropolo- 
gists," noting that a political anthropolo- 
gist, David Kilcullen, serves as a senior 
advisor to Army General Stanley 
McChrystal, who commands U.S. forces 
in Afghanistan. 

A woman attendee commented that the 
recruitment of social scientists into mili- 
tary efforts is encountering stiff resistance 
across academia. If you "even talk about 
joining" the military's Human Terrain 

System, a program that embeds social 
scientists in combat units in Afghanistan 
and Iraq, "your chances of getting an aca- 
demic job are kaput. Are people working 
on overcoming this, on either side?" she 

Most young Ph.D. candidates, Bacevich 
replied, "don't want [their discipline] 
subordinated to the purposes of the 
state — even if the purposes of the state are 
noncontroversial, as they were in World 
War II." 

Bacevich went on to criticize General 
McChrystal's outreach to handpicked 
"academics and quasi-academics" such 
as Max Boot, a historian and editorialist 
who recently traveled to Afghanistan to 
view the war firsthand. Boot was chosen 
because "he will write op-eds" endorsing 
McChrystal's counterinsurgency strategy, 
said Bacevich, who called the interchange 
between the general and the academics "a 
fundamentally dishonest process." 

A final question from the audience 
raised the concern recently expressed by 
Thomas Ricks, a Pulitzer Prize-winning 

writer on military affairs, that the service 
academies cost too much to run and offer 
too narrow an education. Should we 
shut them down as Ricks proposes, the 
questioner asked, and send all officer can- 
didates to civilian universities, where they 
would enroll in ROTC? 

"We would be very well advised to have 
every one of our young officers get a four- 
year education at a liberal arts college with 
their fellow citizens," answered Bacevich, 
who added that the officer candidates 
would still need a stint at one of the ser- 
vice academies for "socialization, profes- 
sionalization," and postgraduate education 
in "officer ship." 

While not endorsing the shutdown of 
Annapolis or West Point, Charles Allen 
ended the afternoon's discussion by 
warning against shaping a military that is 
isolated from the rest of society. "The per- 
ception that the officer corps has higher 
standards than the people it serves — that's 
dangerous," he said. H 

David Reich is a writer in the Boston area. 

Award season 

Amir Hoveyda, the Joseph T. and Patricia 
Vanderslice Millennium Professor of Chem- 
istry, has been named the 2010 recipient 
of the Yamada-Koga Prize, an award given 
annually by the Japan Research Founda- 
tion for Optically Active Compounds. 
Hoveyda, who specializes in organic and 
organometallic chemistry, was cited for 
his contributions to the development of 
reliable, environmentally friendly catalysts 
that facilitate the economical production 
of organic molecules with uniform shapes. 
In October, Hoveyda will deliver the key- 
note lecture at a symposium in Tokyo held 
in his honor. 

Hoveyda joined the Boston College fac- 
ulty in 1990 and is chair of the chemistry 

department. In 1998, he accepted the American Chemical Society's Cope Scholar 
Award, for excellence in organic chemistry, and in 2002 he received the University's 
Distinguished Teaching Award. The National Institutes of Health presented him 
with its 2005 MERIT Award, which recognizes researchers demonstrating "superior 
competence and outstanding productivity," and in 2007 Hoveyda received the Max 
Tishler Prize, given by Harvard University's department of chemistry and chemical 
biology for "outstanding contributions in chemistry." —Tim Czerwienski 


Ayla Brown '10 and Dennis Carr '1 1 , at benefit to honor Mark Herzlich '12 

Student aid 

By Thomas Christopher 
Number 94 inspires a fundraiser 

Just inside the entrance to McElroy 
Hall's Carney Dining Room on the 
morning of December 4, Caleb Fall '10 sat 
at a battered black Yamaha upright piano. 
His hair cut high and tight, a ring dangling 
from each ear lobe, he picked his way care- 
fully through a Chopin nocturne. At 1 1:00 
a.m., he and Rich Bertino (a friend from 
the University of Hartford) leapt onto a 
small, temporary wooden stage tucked 
against the cafeteria wall and grabbed two 
microphones, becoming, in an instant, 
Heavy Feather. Ducking and weaving, 
caps turned sideways, the two launched 
into the intricate rhythms of rap. 

"What chew know about it?" Fall and 
Bertino called out. 

"What chew know?" the crowd of seat- 
ed and passing students shouted back. 

So began Music for Mark, a marathon 
of music, song, and dance to honor cancer 
survivor and star Boston College lineback- 
er Mark Herzlich '12. The event lasted 
precisely 9.4 hours. Its duration, explains 

organizer Dennis Carr '11, was dictated 
by Herzlich's jersey number, 94. Ninety- 
four minutes had seemed too short for the 
all-student, multi-act show, Carr figured; 
94 hours, with exams approaching, prob- 
ably too long. 

Although he inspired the affair, 
Herzlich did not attend. He was at home 
in Pennsylvania, recovering from an 
operation during which a titanium rod 
was inserted in his left leg, to reinforce a 
bone weakened by Ewing's sarcoma, the 
cancer that was diagnosed last May. After 
six months of chemotherapy and radia- 
tion treatments, Herzlich announced on 
November 14 that recent tests had shown 
him to be cancer free — and that he is 
determined to return to the football field 
in the spring of 2010. In the meantime, 
Herzlich continues his efforts on behalf 
of Uplifting Athletes, a national nonprofit 
organization through which college foot- 
ball players raise money for research on 
rare diseases (roughly 250 young people 

are diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma in 
the United States each year). Funds raised 
during Music for Mark, in the form of $5 
contributions — for which donors received 
miniature Eagles footballs and chances at 
prizes, including an Eagles helmet auto- 
graphed by record-setting quarterback 
Matt Ryan '07 — would go to this charity. 

For Dennis Carr, the idea of offer- 
ing music to the campus community was 
familiar. As a freshman, he discovered 
the derelict Yamaha standing idle in 
McElroy's Eagle's Nest and began play- 
ing medleys for diners in his free time. 
Carr, known on campus as "the piano 
guy," found allies for the fundraiser 
in the University's Emerging Leader 
Program (ELP), which requires its 50 
freshman enrollees to take an active part 
in campus and community service. Mer 
Ursula Zovko, ELP program director and 
assistant dean, helped secure the venue; 
ELP students staffed the donations table. 
Dining Services joined in, providing a 
menu on which prices were rounded down 
to the nearest 94C (including a Herzlich 
favorite, tuna delight panini, at $5.94). 
The hope, said Michael Forcier, general 
manager of the McElroy Commons din- 
ing halls, was that students would donate 
the money they saved. 

Eleven undergraduate music and dance 
clubs volunteered to perform (Baldwin, 
the fuzzy Boston College eagle mascot, 
and football coach Frank Spaziani also 
made appearances). Contrapuntal to the 
rap of Heavy Feather and the original 
pop rock of freshman Connell Driscoll, 
were intervals of madrigal and gospel 
singing, contemporary a cappella, and the 
sophisticated jazz of a BC bOp! quartet. 
The Boston College Dance Organization 
sent 15 leotarded women to kick, stretch, 
whirl, and cock a hip to Mariah Carey's 
"All I Want for Christmas Is You"; the BC 
Swing Kids followed, half a dozen couples 
jitterbugging to Christmas carols. And 
between each act, piano guy Carr acted 
as a human jukebox. He posted a playlist 
of 61 songs at the donations table, each 
song coded — jukebox style — with a let- 
ter and number code. To hear a selection, 
audience members had only to scribble 
the appropriate code on a yellow Post-it 
and stick it on the piano case above the 
keyboard. Carr acknowledged each post- 

B( \l 


photographs: Christopher Huang (above), Lee Pellegrini (opposite) 

ing with a nod, fingers never pausing; the 
moment he'd finished one song, he would 
pluck from the continually replenished 
wall of yellow tags and swing into a new 
tune. "Johann Bach Prelude in C" (E3) lan- 
guished unrequested; Billy Joel's "Only the 
Good Die Young" (A9) saw a lot of action. 
The final performer, senior and Boston 
College women's basketball guard Ayla 
Brown, took the stage at 8:00. Cheered 
on by a throng of friends and teammates 
and accompanied by an amped-up iPod, 
she launched into "Ain't No Mountain 

High Enough." It's the anthem with which 
Brown auditioned for the television talent 
show American Idol back in 2006 — when 
she survived into that competition's round 
of 16. Here she was clearly the champion. 

At 8:40 p.m., Carr took the mike to 
report that donations and profits from 
sales had brought in $1,000. Later, an 
anonymous donor raised that — naturally — 
to $1,094. ■ 

Thomas Christopher is a writer in Middle- 
town, Connecticut. 

From left, philosophers Bloechl, Kearney, Richardson, and Sheehan 

Table talk 

6v William Bole 

A celebrated thinker has friends to dinner 


^V ome years back there circulated 
r^_J an urban legend surrounding a 
Jesuit philosophy professor named 
William Richardson. The story went that 
Richardson, a student at the time, was 
defending his doctoral dissertation on 

Martin Heidegger — one of the foremost 
philosophers of the 20th century — and 
the young Jesuit was being challenged 
on essential points of his Heideggerian 
interpretation, when a man stood up in the 
back of the lecture room and said simply, 

"I think he's right." And that man was 

This past October, a reporter recited 
this legend to Richardson, who, at 89 
years old, is still youthful-looking, with a 
full head of wavy white hair and an easy 
smile. Now a resident of St. Mary's Hall 
and an emeritus professor of philosophy 
at Boston College, he chuckled and gave 
a knowing look. "You hold on to that," he 

Bill Richardson's philosophical life is as 
storied as it has been abundant, with leg- 
ends made and, one Thursday evening in 
October, remade. That night, he welcomed 
three philosopher friends to St. Mary's 
for a conversation over dinner that was 
an intimate affair except for the cameras, 
lights, tripods, and microphones wired to 
each of the four participants. There to cap- 
ture the dialogue was a video crew hired 
by another three philosophers, young 
academics who studied with Richardson at 
Boston College and are producing a docu- 
mentary about the man and the theorist. 

The three eminent guests who found 
their way to the small dining room in a 
corner of the Jesuit residence were Boston 
College philosophy professors Jeffrey 
Bloechl and Richard Kearney, together 
with Thomas Sheehan, who teaches at 
Stanford University. In an interview later 
on, Sheehan said of Richardson, "He was 
the one who established the paradigm that 
we still follow to this day for understand- 
ing Heidegger." 

Basicallv, before Richardson's 1963 
book Heidegger: Through Phenomenology 
to Thought, the German philosopher was 
treated as an existentialist, someone con- 
cerned exclusively with matters of human 
existence such as anxietv and authentic- 
ity. Richardson revealed Heidegger as a 
philosopher of being as a whole, someone 
who probed the very ground or metaphys- 
ics of human existence and understanding, 
as Sheehan relates. 

This illumination was coolly received in 


some circles, at first. And the radical truth 
of the "I-think-he's-right" legend is that 
Heidegger did speak up for Richardson, 
even if not in the tussle of a dissertation 
defense. Richardson, sporting a blue blazer 
and tie, explained, while waiting tor his 
dinner guests to arrive, that he interviewed 
Heidegger for four hours at the philoso- 


pher's home in Freiburg, Germany, in 
1959. (He donned a black overcoat before 
appearing at Heidegger's door, as a way 
of initially hiding his clerical garb. Word 
had reached Richardson that the thinker's 
wife had recently turned away a priest 
friend of Heidegger's, because she, as a 
rule, disliked men with Roman collars.) 
As Richardson recounted, the following 
day he heard through an intermediary that 
after the interview Heidegger inquired, 
"Who is this guy? He's an American, and 
a Jesuit, and he got me right. Most Euro- 
peans get me wrong. How is this possible?" 

Four years later Richardson's nearly 
800-page book appeared with a sup- 
portive preface written by Heidegger, 
who died in 1976, at age 86. Richardson 
became the principal American interpreter 
of the German's thought, teaching for 1 7 
years at Fordham University before com- 
ing to Boston College in 1981. During the 
1970s he also became a certified, practic- 
ing psychoanalyst, later introducing to 
American scholars the insights of Jacques 
Lacan, a Parisian psychoanalyst and one 
of the most influential Freudian scholars 
of the past half century. The priest from 
Brooklyn has received awards and recog- 
nitions from institutions such as Oxford 
University in England and Louvain 
University in Belgium, where he earned 
his doctorate in 1960. 


with mixed vegetables, Kearney, Sheehan, 
and Bloechl conversed with Richardson 
as intimate friends and kindred scholars. 
"Are you going to eat your pie?" the Jesuit 
was asked by one who made quick work of 
his own. That the conversation was being 
captured for a broader audience did not 
discourage them from slipping into French 
or German, or from trailing off before the 
end ot a story, with laughs, because they 
all knew the kicker. They teased, goaded, 
and unselfconsciously gave documenta- 
tion to a prodigious life and mind. 

Richardson was prodded to talk about 
his undergraduate acting career at the 
College of the Holy Cross (someone has a 
photo of him playing Antigone, daughter 
of Oedipus). Then Richardson drew up 
the sizzling debate in the Catholic intellec- 
tual subculture of the 1950s about wheth- 
er there was such a thing as "Christian 

philosophy" (there wasn't, in his view). 
The conversation began to turn in a pro- 
foundly personal direction when Kearney 
asked Richardson about his "Freiburg 

As Sheehan would point out the next 
day in an interview about Richardson, 
"He's very reserved — a very private man, 
but when he feels in the company of 
people who are friends, he opens up." He 
didn't open up too readily on that question 
of what happened to him late one night, 
alone in Freiburg. 

In what turned out to be the scaffolding 
of a response, Richardson had colloquy 
with the three about how Heidegger wres- 
tled with the question of ultimate being, 
which the philosopher did not understand 
as a theist would, in terms of a personal 
God. After a while, Kearney asked, "And 
how did that connect with the Freiburg 
night experience?" 

There was a pregnant pause, as if to 
signal to Edward McGushin, associate 
professor of philosophy at St. Anselm 
College in Manchester, New Hampshire, 
to pour more wine. McGushin, Ph.D. '02, 
is producing the documentary with Paul 
Bruno '89, Ph.D.'99 (who teaches phi- 
losophy at Framingham State College 
in Massachusetts), and Scott Campbell, 
Ph.D. '99 (who teaches at Nazareth 
College in Rochester, New York). 

After more descanting on Heidegger 
as a "religiously significant thinker," the 
Jesuit began to tell of the room where he 
stayed near Freiburg while working on his 
1 963 book. It was in a guesthouse run by 
nuns, and Richardson spoke in particu- 
lar of one "brilliant night," at two in the 
morning, when he gazed through his win- 
dow looking out on the Black Forest. He 
was hearing in his head, over and over, the 
words of a German friend who had dis- 
missed biblical faith as balderdash, on the 
basis of Heidegger's (godless) understand- 
ing of ultimate being. And Richardson 
wondered: What if he's right? 

Sliding his half-empty wine glass in 
random directions on the maroon table- 
cloth, Richardson recalled that he felt 
the universe shaking under his reet. "The 
heavens were moving, in a kind of cosmic 
chaos," he said in his characteristically 
low, soft tone. Before that night was over, 
the 40-something Jesuit had decided, 

as he related to his friends, "No, it's not 
worth chucking it all" for the philosopher 
of being. 

"Heidegger has a great deal to offer," 
Richardson told them, "but he doesn't 
have any faith to offer. . . . It's an ulti- 
mate poverty." That's to say nothing of 
Heidegger's anti-Semitism and infamous 
association with the Nazi Party as rector 
of Freiburg University, which lurked in the 
background of the discussion. 

There was much more to tell, on 
lighter notes, about Richardson's boy- 
hood in Brooklyn; about his Protestant 
father from Belfast and his Irish Catholic 
mother; about his revealing encounters 
in Paris with Lacan, an ill-tempered man 
who could be "absolutely unintelligible," 
noted Richardson (he nonetheless became 
a leading interpreter of Lacan's thought); 
and about his long friendship with the 
famed trial lawyer Edward Bennett 
Williams — the two Holy Cross students 
had a plan to study law together and open 
up their own legal practice. (Richardson: 
"We would supplement each other's 
weaknesses in law school. I was going to 
try to get Ed to lighten up a bit and enjoy 
life, and he was going to — " Kearney: 
"Teach you to be serious." Richardson: 
"Yeah, exactly.") Instead, after graduat- 
ing in 1941, Williams marched straight 
into World War II; Richardson, into the 
Society of Jesus. 

When the evening was far from young, 
the four scholars began entertaining the 
mother of all epistemological issues: 
the nature of truth, or "meaning," as 
Richardson preferred. He was closing in 
on a precise formulation, in response to 
Sheehan's lengthy gloss on the multiplic- 
ity of meanings conveyed by a glass of 
wine. But at 9:30, McGushin stepped in to 
announce it was time to conclude the con- 
versation, four hours after it had begun. 

Lifting himself out of his chair, 
Sheehan noted the West Coast time on 
his watch, and quoted Plato — "Not even 
a lifetime is enough for these questions." 
To which Richardson responded, slightly 
contrarily, by quoting his Irish mother: 
"It's never too late until morning, and it's 
early after that." 

Bruno, McGushin, and Campbell hope 
to wrap up their work on the documentary 
by fall 2010. ■ 

10 BCM •:• WINTER 20IO 

More Hall basement, December 2009 


for dollars 

By Tim Czerwienski 

One Saturday shift, at the call center 

Five days a week, rotating groups of 
student employees man some 25 
computer stations in a large open base- 
ment room in More Hall, calling alumni 
and friends of Boston College on behalf of 
the Boston College Fund, the University's 
primary giving program. Depending on 
the week, the 60 call center workers all 
told make up to 35,000 calls and bring 
in $50,000 to $100,000. On a Saturday 
afternoon in early December, I donned a 
headset to see if I could help. 

Calling goes on for three hours a day, 
starting at 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 
2:00 p.m. on weekends. According to 

Maggie Hurley '06, program director for 
the facility and herself a phone jockey in 
her undergraduate days, student callers 
receive eight hours of training to familiar- 
ize them with the Boston College Fund, 
the mechanics of the calling system, and 
the protocols. (Both Hurley and the stu- 
dents are employed by RuffaloCODY, 
an Iowa-based company that specializes 
in fundraising services and is contracted 
by Boston College.) There are different 
scripts for different populations of alumni 
and donors, but "the training is actually 
meant to get you off the script, and allow 
you to be able to respond," says Pablo 
Beiro ' 1 3, who started at the call center in 

Alumni are categorized into some 
100 segments. There are, for example, 
LYBUNTs, who gave Last Year But 
Unfortunately Not This Year; CTDs, or 
Continuous Donors; and YAs, the Young 
Alumni more than 10 but less than 20 
years out. Hurley started me with GOLDs, 
the 10,000 or so Graduates Of the Last 
Decade. The telephone system autodi- 
als people in a given pool based on how 
recently they've been called (to prevent 
calling the same person two days in a row, 
for instance). As a call is placed, the com- 
puter screen displavs key facts about the 
recipient — name, hometown, graduation 
year, and place of emplovment at the top 
of the screen, and the recipient's history 
of giving below that. The lower right-hand 
portion of the screen features the recipi- 
ent's phone number. That quadrant turns 
yellow when the phone is ringing and 
green when there's a pickup. If there's no 
answer after five rings, or about 30 sec- 
onds, the system moves on to the next call 
and logs a "no response" in the database. 
A fully staffed three-hour shift of 25 stu- 
dents — there were only about a dozen on 
the day I joined in, owing to exams loom- 
ing — will average 5,850 calls, says Hurley. 

I spent about a half hour in the GOLDs 
pool. Despite the autodialer's relentless 
troll through the names on my com- 
puter screen I got no answers. Hurley had 
warned me to expect this. "We've been 
calling them since the start of the semes- 
ter," she said, adding that list fatigue is but 
one factor. The ubiquity of caller ID makes 
it easier for people to dodge calls. 

When it became clear that my odds 

photograph: Lee Pellegrini 


1 1 

of actually talking to someone were slim, 
Hurley switched me to long-lapsed CSON 
donors — nursing alumni with a history 
of giving who haven't done so for several 
years. Within four or five numbers, I got 
my first pickup, a woman who graduated 
in the 1980s. After confirming her contact 
information — the first step in any call — I 
got into the conversational part of the call. 
Hurley says that most alumni, whether 
or not they donate, like to hear from and 
engage with students. "Find the things that 
you care about," she advises, "and get that 
across to people you're calling." 

"I love talking to alumni," says caller 
Caitlin Maguire '10. "You can see how BC 
affected them. . . . This year, saying I'm a 
senior gets people going. People remem- 
ber the Mods, so they want to know where 
I'm living. I know kids who are interested 
in law school who will ask questions when 
they're calling law alums." 

My go-to topic was construction on 
campus — the Gasson Tower refurbish- 
ment and the renovation of 9 Lake Street 
for the School of Theology and Ministry. 
"That's great," my nursing alumna said, 
politely but with a perceptible lack of 
enthusiasm, and that is when the wheels 
started to come off. 

"Yes," I stammered, "yes it, uh, is. 
Er . . . ." I was botching my transition to 
the ask, the part of the conversation where 
the caller requests a donation. With any 
chance of a smooth segue blown, I cut to 
the chase. 

"The reason I'm calling is to talk about 
the importance of alumni contributions 
to the mission of the Connell School of 
Nursing," I blurted out. Mercifully, the 
woman I was speaking with informed me 
that she had received a donor card from 
the nursing school and planned to make 
a pledge that way. I thanked for her time 
and her support, and we said goodbye. 

Despite its bumps, the call had been 
cordial, which is apparently the norm. "On 
95 percent of the calls, the people we talk 
to are great," says Beiro. My next con- 
nection, a few minutes later, went more 
smoothly, but didn't result in a donation: 
The woman I called said she was putting 
kids through college and simply couldn't 
afford to give right now. 

I had one more conversation, which 
was unnerving in its own way. When 

the time came for the ask, the alumna 
informed me that she was out of work. 
I had overheard another caller handle a 
similar situation, but I still felt unprepared. 
"Oh," I said. "I'm sorry to hear that. Well, 
good luck, and hopefully when you get 
back on your feet, you'll think of Boston 
College." Afterward, I swiveled around in 
my chair and looked at Hurley, who was 
sitting at a conference table in the center 
of the room and had apparently heard the 

exchange. (A special phone connection 
allows supervisors to monitor any calling 
station.) "If you get a call like that again, 
direct them to the Career Center," she 
said. "No matter how old they are, we have 
resources for them." 

My day ended at 5 o'clock, with a grand 
total of three pick-ups and no gifts. I didn't 
feel too bad, though: On December 5, 
even with an amateur on duty, the call cen- 
ter garnered $24,830 in pledges. ■ 

Asked and answered 

Religious pamphlets from the early 20th century were displayed at the O'Neill Library in 
February, in an ongoing celebration of the Boston Archdiocese's 200th anniversary. BCM 
asked Clough professor of history James O'Toole to explain their significance. His reply: 

They could be found in church vestibules everywhere in Catholic America, and often 
still can — racks of pamphlets addressing a host of devotional, theological, and moral 
topics. Did you want to know how to examine your conscience before going to 
confession? How to instill the right values in your teenagers? What to look for in a 
husband or wife? How to encourage vocations to the priesthood and religious life? 
How to pray the rosary? Help for all this and more was at hand, available at prices 
that ranged from a nickel to 50 cents. At church, the honor system prevailed— just 
drop your coins into the slot in the rack. Written by well-known preachers, retreat 
directors, and nuns whose identity was often disguised ("A Sister," the byline might 
read), the pamphlets were produced by publishers such as the still-extant Liguori 
Publications of Liguori, Missouri, and the Jesuits' now-defunct Queen's Work Press 
of St. Louis. Emblematic of the age, they seemed to have an answer to every ques- 
tion. In fact, they seemed to have the answer— definitive, authoritative, sure. The 
Liturgy and Life Collection in the Burns Library holds the richest trove anywhere of 
U.S. Catholic pamphlets, spanning the early 20th century to the present day. 



WINTER 2010 

photograph: Gary Wayne Gilbert (above), Lee Pellegrini (opposite) 

Professor Bagnani leads freshmen in a discussion of "messy" questions. 

Life plan 

By Chris Berdik 

Portico brings Kant, Bentham, and Charles Ponzi 
to the Carroll School curriculum 

In 2002, as a new accountant at 
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Landen 
Williams '96 was pressured by several of 
the firm's partners to sign off on a client's 
books despite a number of red flags. He 
refused, and his bosses stripped him of 
the account, which happened to be Tyco 
International, whose chief executive, 
Dennis Kozlowski, went to prison for mis- 
appropriation of corporate funds. 

Williams recounted this story in Nov- 
ember to a class of students taking Portico, 
a new required first-semester course at 
the Carroll School of Management 
(CSOM). As the name implies, the three- 
credit course is meant to provide struc- 
tured entry to the study of business and 
the pursuit of a business career. It inte- 
grates a course of ethical theory with 
the basics of finance, accounting, market- 
ing, and other business components, 
challenging students — nearly 500 this 
past fall — to flex their moral reasoning as 

they consider business case studies and, 
going forward, their own practices in 
the field. 

"We want to inspire a habit of reflec- 
tion in these students that they'll return to 
in their four years of college and beyond," 
says CSOM dean Andrew Boynton '78. 
"We need to create leaders and managers 
who are technically proficient and have 
the skills to strategically move a business 
forward," says Boynton. "But without a 
perspective of ethical reasoning, a frame- 
work for making the tough decisions . . . 
they would be ill-equipped to lead in the 
way we want our alumni to lead." 

Portico replaces an ethics require- 
ment that according to Richard Keeley, 
CSOM's undergraduate associate dean, 
was a one-credit course: "The unintended 
signal was that 'this is something to get 
through quickly.' It only met for an hour 
a week." Portico students meet twice a 
week in assigned sections, each compris- 

ing roughly 20 freshmen, and in addition 
attend weekly evening plenary sessions. 

The course had its genesis in 2007, 
when Boynton asked faculty working 
groups from CSOM and the College of 
Arts and Sciences to help develop a syl- 
labus that would provide an introduction 
to business, including such subjects as 
globalization and leadership, with ethics 
as its spine. Portico had a pilot run in 2008 
and is now taught by an interdisciplinary 
team of seven faculty and some 25 teach- 
ing assistants. Throughout the semester, 
case studies and lectures on the elements 
of business are joined to readings (from 
Aristotle and Immanuel Kant to Jeremy 
Bentham and Ayn Rand) and discussions 
of issues encountered in business leader- 
ship with alumni corporate executives. 

Coursework commenced during the 
summer, with students reading Irom 
Thomas Friedman's The Lexus and the 
Olive Tree and David Landes's The Wealth 
and Poverty of Nations, both of which 
examine the causes and consequences of 
globalization. In an early-semester tour of 
the Boston area, students were asked to 
consider this and other business-related 
themes in context: Stops ranged from the 
Harvard Square T station, where they dis- 
cussed mass transit as an engine of change 
and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation 
Authority as a business model, to the site 
of the former School Street offices of 
Charles Ponzi, whose notorious pyramid 
creation of 1919-20, the "Ponzi scheme," 
was recently incarnated by convicted 
money manager Bernard Madoff. 


at Enron in 2001 and WorldCom in 2002, 
many undergraduate and graduate busi- 
ness programs undertook to expand their 
ethics offerings. In 2003, for example, the 
University of California's Haas School 
introduced a Center for Responsible 
Business, offering seven new ethics cours- 
es; that same year, the Wharton School at 
the University of Pennsylvania announced 
a new Ph.D. program in business ethics. 
Portico is unique, Keeley says, because 
it asks students to consider the ethical 
dimensions of even the mundane everydav 
business decision. The object is to "make it 
messy," Keeley says, just like life. 

Portico students on occasion wrestle 



with business issues literally. Early in the 
semester, they pried apart a cell phone. 
They examined it as a manufactured, 
assembled product and considered it 
as a tool. They studied the conditions 
under which workers around the world 
produced its components and discussed 
the environmental impacts stemming 
from its construction. They also unrav- 
eled the product's effect on consumers' 
"privacy, rights, and freedoms," according 
to CSOM's assistant dean for curriculum, 
Ethan Sullivan. The questions raised dur- 
ing the exercise, says Ju Young Yoon '13, 
who is contemplating a major in market- 
ing, were in the end "about how these 
ideas we're learning at the Carroll School 
will affect us later in life." 


room hangs an unassuming poster that 
sets out three simple questions: How shall 
I live? How shall we work together? What 
kind of world shall we share? 

These questions resonate in a singular 
way with new CSOM students, says Betty 
Bagnani, an adjunct associate professor of 
accounting who teaches a Portico section. 
They're why, in addition to studying such 
concepts as Michael Porter's "five forces" 
model of business analysis, students are 
assigned portions of Plato's Gorgias, 
Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, and 
Immanuel Kant's Fundamental Principles 
of the Metaphysics of Morals, among other 
classical works of ethical theory. "Add all 
the information, all the case studies, and 
the speakers from just this course that 
these students are trying to integrate with 
all the other first experiences of college," 
says Bagnani, "and the question of what 
kind of person you want to be becomes 
extremely relevant and challenging." 

The instructors make it clear that the 
big decisions don't all wait for graduation. 
Accounting lecturer Amy LaCombe asks 
her Portico class during one session after 
a week of readings on Ayn Rand's egoism 
and Jeremy Bentham's utilitarianism, "Do 
we have obligations to others?" Several 
students venture that they probably owe 
their parents something. "But where do 
you draw the line?" LaCombe presses. 
"What if your parents say, we're spend- 
ing all this money on your education, and 
we really want you to be a finance major, 

but you hate finance?" The question elic- 
its murmurs, but no real answers, and 
the class moves on to discuss a scenario 
that some of the students may face in the 
near future — accepting a job offer and 
then being tempted by another that pays 
more — with the class debating the choice 
from egoist or utilitarian points of view. 

Late in the semester, the students 
submit a game plan for what they hope to 
accomplish in their remaining three and a 
half years at Boston College. 


to shape the ethical culture in which they'll 
work is a challenge that CSOM alumni 
in the corporate world can inform. As 
Michael Dupee '90, vice president for 
corporate social responsibility at Green 
Mountain Coffee, told an audience of 
Portico students and others at a fall 
forum sponsored by the Carroll School's 

Winston Center for Leadership and 
Ethics: "The real impact of for-profit busi- 
ness comes from how we choose to oper- 
ate our businesses, as opposed to simply 
what we give back." Later, in class, Amy 
LaCombe reinforced the message that 
such choices are rarely straightforward. 
Business is filled with situations, she said, 
where "values and interests" will conflict. 

That reality was reflected in Landen 
Williams's talk with Portico students. 
Seven years after taking a stand on Tyco 
and now a partner at a Boston consulting 
firm, Williams said that he couldn't guaran- 
tee he'd as readily have made the same job- 
risking decision today, because he now has 
a family reliant on his income. As Keeley 
notes, "These decisions are tough. . . . This 
class is about getting into the habit of 
thinking deeply about them." ■ 

Chris Berdik is a Boston-based writer. 

United artists 

The Boston College Arts Alumni Network (AAN) was founded in 2009 to build and 
strengthen connections among alumni involved in the literary, visual, or performing 
arts and between those individuals and the University. The fledgling operation 
targets all members of the alumni arts community— practitioners, administrators, 
and funders, says the organization's chair AAathieu Cagne '93, a past member of 
the campus improv group AAy Mother's Fleabag, as well as a current board member 
of ImprovBoston. 

The AAN also aims to "be a resource for students, with alumni acting as men- 
tors," says Catherine lanno '89, MBA'96, program administrator for the Boston 
College Arts Council, which along with the University's Alumni Association provides 
organizational assistance. According to ianno, the AAN now comprises some 300 
members, including actor/writer Tim Stack '78; Paul Daigneault '87, artistic director 
of Boston's SpeakEasy Stage company; musician Shelagh Abate '97; and filmmaker 
Saya Hillman '00. 

The AAN is an outgrowth of the networking nights for alumni in the arts that 
were held in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles in 2007 and 2008. It also builds on 
the Career Night for the Arts program run jointly by the Arts Council and the Univer- 
sity's Career Center. These events and the new network reflect a desire on the part 
of the University to expand alumni relations beyond the traditional class-year con- 
nection, notes Erin Haran MacCurtain '01, who is ANN's communications coordina- 
tor, and whose day job is director of communications for From the Top, an NPR radio 
and PBS television series celebrating the country's best young classical musicians. 

The first gathering of the new organization was scheduled for February 25 at 
Boston Art Inc., the Fort Point Channel gallery of John Kirby '83, with an exhibition 
by painter Susan Breen '91 and music by members of bOp! Classic, the new alumni 
jazz band. A second event is scheduled in Chicago on A/larch 4th. Receptions in Los 
Angeles and New York are planned for later in the year. For more information, visit or email artsalumni(|) —Thomas Cooper 


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In the eye of the beholder, flaws at nano-scale 


Dong Cai works in an unseen world. A 
research associate professor of biology, 
Cai builds devices with nanotubes — 
cylinders constructed of carbon atoms and 
measured in nanometers. A nanometer 
(nm) is one billionth of a meter; a human 
hair is about 100,000 nm wide. The indi- 
vidual nanotubes in the top three images 
above are less than 150nm in diameter. 
Cai, biology professor Thomas Chiles, in 
whose lab he works, and physics profes- 
sors Michael Naughton and Zhifeng Ren, 
with whom they collaborate, are using 
nanotubes to develop sensors that will 
identify the signatures of certain cancers 
in the bloodstream. The group recently 
received a grant from the National Cancer 
Institute to focus on the biomarkers shed 
into the blood by ovarian cancer cells. 

Making and manipulating nanotubes 
poses many difficulties. If the tempera- 
ture is too low (below about 930 degrees 
Fahrenheit), for example, nanotubes 

won't form at all; too high, and they 
will distort. Fabricating orderly arrays of 
them is also problematic: They are eas- 
ily damaged and prone to misalignment. 
But Cai sees beauty even in the failures. 
The images above are from unsuccess- 
ful experiments in fabrication and were 
taken with a scanning electron micro- 
scope. Using Adobe Photoshop software, 
Cai transformed what were ghostly, 
black-and-white photographs into these 
vibrant, otherworldly scenes. 

In the upper-left image, copper crys- 
tals contaminated a cluster of nanotubes, 
rendering them useless. In the picture 
beside it, applying the wrong amount of 
iron catalyst to a silicon wafer platform 
during fabrication produced stunted, 
curled tubes. In the scene at upper-right, 
an excess of acetylene turned an orderly 
arrangement of carbon atoms into a 
Medusan tangle. 

In the bottom row, the picture to the 

left shows a cluster of nanotubes that 
were accidentally scratched off their 
silicon wafer base; lacking a founda- 
tion, they clumped together in the iconic 
shape of a DNA strand. The middle scene 
shows nano-coaxial structures that, 
instead of standing upright, have col- 
lapsed. Each structure, writes Cai, "is 
composed of a carbon nanotube (yellow), 
alumina coating (brown), and metal coat- 
ing (green)." 

In the picture at bottom right, random 
polystyrene microspheres used as a sten- 
ciling agent remained on a silicon surface 
due to an insufficient solvent treatment, 
producing two beaded islands. 

Chiles says images such as these have 
a place in science. "There's real beauty 
in life-science research, at every scale," 
he says. "If you can convey that, you can 
capture people's curiosity." 

—Tim Cray 
Tim Cray is a writer in the Boston area. 

images: Courtesy of Dong Cai 

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Notre Dame Stadium, October 24, 2009 

The last 

By Tim Czerwienski 

A rivalry, brief but hard-fought, 
is soon to go dormant 

On the morning of October 24, a 
chartered commuter train festooned 
inside and out with maroon and gold 
balloons, ribbons, and beads departed 
Chicago's Millennium Station. On board 
were 250 Boston College football fans 
from around the country, on the last leg 
of a pilgrimage to Notre Dame Stadium. 
There they would join more than 5,000 
other Boston College students, alumni, 
and fans for what promises to be the 
Eagles' final visit to South Bend, Indiana, 
at least for the foreseeable future. 

A recent commitment by Notre Dame 
to play three of its games each season 
against teams from the Big East confer- 

ence has limited the number of open spots 
on the Irish's schedule, so as it stands, next 
season's tilt in Chestnut Hill, the 20th 
game between the two schools, will be the 
last. This prospect clearly motivated many 
on the train, among them longtime Eagles 
fans Jay Taranto, Jr., and his brother Brian, 
who brought their father, Angelo, '59, 
from North Chelmsford, Massachusetts. 
"It's something we've been talking about 
for 15 years," Jay said. "If we didn't go this 
year, we'd never go." 

Compared to Boston College's 
blood feud with Holy Cross — the Jesuit 
adversaries faced one another 82 times 
between 1896 and 1986 (with Boston 
College leading 48-31-3) — the Notre 
Dame rivalry has a brief history. It began 
35 years ago when William Flynn '39 
and Ed "Moose" Krause, pals and athletic 
directors at Boston College and Notre 
Dame, respectively, conceived of a game 
between the only two Catholic colleges 
still playing competitive big-time football. 
On September 15, 1975, the teams met in 
front of more than 60,000 fans at Schaefer 
Stadium, then home of the New England 
Patriots. The Irish prevailed 1 7-3. Eight 
years later, the teams faced off again, by 
serendipity, in the 1 983 Liberty Bowl in 
Memphis. Doug Flutie, in his only game 
against the Irish, shone, throwing for 
287 yards and three touchdowns, but the 
Eagles ultimately lost 19-18. Another 
one-shot game on November 7, 1987, in 
South Bend ended in a 32-25 Irish victory. 

If there's bad blood beating in the heart 
of every rivalry, then the Boston College- 
Notre Dame rivalry pulsed to life on 
November 7, 1992. Christina Sliwa '93, 
MBA'00, remembers that day. "I was there 
for the Rudy game," she said, as the train 
rumbled through northern Indiana. "That 
was not a good day." It was the first of 13 
consecutive annual contests, and it was 
an unequivocal beatdown by the eighth- 
ranked Irish, including a faked Notre 
Dame punt that embarrassed the Eagles, 
who lost 54-7. At halftime, as the Boston 
College faithful glumly pondered their 
squad's fate, filmmakers' cameras were 
trained on them, recording what would 
become the final crowd scenes for the 
1993 movie Rudy — the story of beloved 
Notre Dame walk-on Daniel Ruettiger. 

A year after that drubbing, on 

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photographs: AAarta Garcia (above), University of Notre Dame Archives (opposite) 

The Eagles (in light jerseys) first played in Notre Dame Stadium on November 7, 1987. 

November 20, 1993, the 17th-ranked 
Eagles returned to South Bend for a 
game known to Boston College fans by 
two words: The Kick. The Irish were the 
number one team in the nation follow- 
ing a win over top-ranked Florida State, 
and thev had their eyes on the national 
championship; a victory over the Eagles 
and whatever bowl opponent arose would 
give coach Lou Holtz his second title. As 
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden later 
recalled, "We had played Notre Dame the 
week before, and it was a 1 versus 2 and 
we were 1 and they were 2. They beat us, 
and then they had Boston College the next 
week and that was an automatic win." 

Boston College had a respectable 
program, with a few bowl wins under its 
belt, and even a Heisman Trophy winner; 
Notre Dame represented the gold stan- 
dard of college football: 1 1 national cham- 
pionships, 22 unbeaten seasons, seven 
Heisman Trophy winners, 30 unanimous 
All- America selections. But as they say, 
the games are played for a reason. Boston 
College's quarterback Glenn Foley was 
stellar, throwing for 315 yards and four 
touchdowns, helping the Eagles to a fourth 
quarter lead of 38-17. Notre Dame roared 
back, though, managing to pull ahead, 
39-38, with just a shade over a minute left. 
Starting on their own 25, the Eagles drove 
to the Irish 24-yard line. The game came 
down to the left foot of walk-on kicker 

David Gordon, whose missed 40-yarder 
earlier that season cost Boston College a 
win over Northwestern. Gordon's kick 
was good, giving the Eagles a 41-39 lead 
as the final seconds ticked off. Florida 
State ended up national champions. 

That 1993 game turned out to be a tip- 
ping point. In eight of their next 13 meet- 

ings, Boston College beat Notre Dame 
(with four of the victories coming in South 
Bend), including six in a row leading up to 
last fall's matchup. 

The Boston College team that took the 
field on October 24, 2009, had already 
exceeded preseason predictions. After an 
offseason in which the Eagles lost their 
head coach as well as their best player, 
linebacker Mark Herzlich '12, who was 
diagnosed with bone cancer, the team was 
playing well, posting a 5-2 record behind 
25-year-old freshman quarterback Dave 
Shinskie. The Irish were 4-2. 

It was an exciting, if sloppily played, 
game. After four lead changes, Boston 
College found itself down 20-16 with the 
ball on the Notre Dame 30-yard line and 
two-and-a-half minutes left. The Boston 
College faithful were on their feet, cheer- 
ing for another comeback, but it was not 
to be. The Irish held on for the win. 

The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame 
and the Eagles of Boston College will 
play again in Chestnut Hill next fall, and 
afterward, the teams will go their separate 
ways. Should the Eagles defeat their rival, 
the overall series between Boston College 
and Notre Dame will stay knotted, for 
who knows how long, at an even 10-10. ■ 

Helping Haiti 

The Boston College community responded with widespread support for the people of 
Haiti following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation 
on January 12. President William P. Leahy, SJ, set the tone in an open letter to the 
University: "Several of our employees, including faculty, administrators, and staff, are 
from Haiti; we have a large number of Haitian-American students who have family 
there, and a number of Boston College students, faculty, and alumni have participat- 
ed in service trips to Haiti over the years. . . . We join all Haitians and their extended 
families in a desire to assist as we can through prayer and financial contributions." 

Collections were taken at campus liturgies, including the January 25 Martin 
Luther King, Jr., Ecumenical Memorial Service, and a Mass for the people of Haiti 
was offered at St. Ignatius Church on January 28. 

The athletics department and the division of student affairs organized fundraisers 
at the January 22 Boston University men's hockey game and the January 30 Florida 
State men's basketball game, collecting $5,873. 

University Counseling Services and the Office of AHANA Student Programs offer- 
ed support for students with ties to Haiti, and the Law School joined local efforts 
to provide legal counsel to Haitian immigrants. The office of the vice president for 
student affairs established an online clearinghouse for information on how to con- 
tribute, relief-related events, and additional resources at 

— Tim Czerwienski 



COURSE: RL 357/EN 084— Memory and Literature 
By Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner 


Memory— it forms as well as extends 
one's identity. This is true also for the 
collective identities of family, society, 
religion, and culture. Two contemporary 
works, a novel by the German writer 
W.G. Sebald and a memoir by Norman 
Manea (translated from Romanian), 
open this core literature course and 
invite reflection on the specificity of lit- 
erature in relation to film (Christopher 
Nolan's 2001 Memento) and scientific 
research (excerpts from psychologist 
Daniel L. Schacter's 1996 Searching 
for Memory: the Brain, the Mind, and 
the Past and his 2001 The Seven Sins 
of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and 
Remembers). With this introduction in 
place, we move back to an important 
beginning for Western culture, the 

Joseph story in Genesis, and proceed 
chronologically to a literary turn- 
ing point in the early 20th century, 
Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time 
("remembered" by Sebald and Manea 
in their own writings), passing by way 
of Augustine's meditations, tales from 
the 12th century by Marie de France, 
essays by Montaigne, poems by 19th- 
and 20th-century Americans (Emily 
Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Robert Bly, 
and Kay Ryan), and ending with a brief 
coda: Jorge Luis Borges's short story, 
"Funes, His Memory." The readings for 
the semester thus mirror the essential 
dynamic of memory — moving from the 
present back to the past and then 
forward again, as past and present 
interact to yield the future. 


Austerlitz (2001) 
By W.G. Sebald 
Translated by Anthea Bell 

Published in English just before Sebald's 
accidental death at age 57, Austerlitz casts 
the reawakening of memory within the 
story of a young Jew from Prague, Jacques 
Austerlitz, sent by his mother on a kinder- 
transport and raised in Wales by a couple 
who hide his previous identity from him. 
Retired as an architectural historian, 
Austerlitz experiences a breakdown that 
leads him to rediscover his own and his 
parents' past, destroyed by the Holocaust 
but partially recoverable through encoun- 
ters with places and people connected to 
them. -Fiction and reality mix in the complex 

From Austerlitz 

pattern of voices: Austerlitz's fragmented 
retelling of his life is reported by a narrator 
whose own story of wandering and discov- 
ery strangely parallels it and also mirrors 
the life and character of Sebald, a German 
soldier's son who chose to emigrate to 
England. This narrative of trauma and sup- 
pressed memory thus belongs not only to 
the millions of Jews displaced and murdered 
by the Nazis but to a generation of Germans 
who, like Sebald, were born toward the end 
of World War II and must come to terms 
with their country's past. 

The Hooligan's Return: A Memoir (2003) 
By Norman Manea 
Translated by Angela Jianu 

Memoir is today one of the most popular 
literary forms, in fiction and nonfiction 
alike. While this memoir is not fictional, 
Manea uses the resources of literary 


photograph: Reprinted from Austerlitz with permission of the Wylie Agency LLC 

invention to recount his difficult return 
to Romania in 1997 after emigrating in 
1986 at age 50 and subsequently moving 
to the United States — a return that forcibly 
exposes memory's contents and obses- 
sions. This is a personal story but also an 
account of family, Romanian Jewry, and a 
country under fascism in the 1 930s, under 
communism after World War II, and then 
under communism's chameleon-like suc- 
cessors after the fall of Ceau§escu in 1989. 
Engulfed in anamnesis (compulsive remem- 
bering, his own as well as his culture's), 
Manea plays with chronology and abandons 
the first person to describe himself in third- 
person roles as Augustus the clown, Romeo 
the lover, Noah, Ulysses. His past, present, 
and imagined future echo with the voices of 
Homer, Joyce, Proust, and Kafka joining his 
own. As a writer, Manea's home is language. 

losing touch with its late antique context, 
Wills identifies Book 10, on memory, as 
the pivotal chapter that caps the narrative 
of Augustine's life (354-430) and introduc- 
es his reflections on the Trinity. Augustine. 
now bishop, has not forgotten the lessons 
learned as a teacher of rhetoric. Imagery, 
word play, repetition, Scriptural citation, 

Augustine by Antonello da Messina 

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales two centuries 
later. To engrave her versions of familiar 
tales in the reader's memory, she devised an 
art of suggestive brevity — combining the 
lively directness of oral storytelling with 
the layered texture of written composi- 
tion. Her lais gain in weight as the dialogue 
among them sets up echoes and variations. 
Readers must interpret metaphor, ellipsis, 
emblematic objects, and narrative design to 
plumb the complexities hidden in these sto- 
ries' deceptive simplicity. By Marie's lights, 
the work of the heart — where memory 
resides — is not only to remember the past 
but to reinvent it for those who come after. 

Swann's Way 

By Marcel Proust 

Translated by Lydia Davis (2003) 

The Joseph story (Genesis 37:2-50:26) 
The Five Books of Moses: A Translation 
with Commentary (2004) 
By Robert Alter 

Joseph is well known as dreamer and dream 
interpreter but his story also demonstrates 
the powers of memory operating on mul- 
tiple levels. He and his brothers move on 
different timelines of memory, forgetting 
and remembering their past at different 
moments, most crucially when Joseph 
recognizes his brothers (and his dream's 
fulfillment) even as they fail to recognize 
him behind the Egyptian mask of his new 
identity. The family's struggles to reinte- 
grate memory set the stage for future recall: 
The Israelites' recollection of exodus from 
Egypt will form the cultural and religious 
bedrock of Jewish identity and will con- 
tribute, through typological reading of the 
Old Testament, to Christianity's identity 
as a sibling religion. Robert Alter's new 
translation, buttressed with copious notes 
on language and literary play, aims to recon- 
nect modern readers with the outlook and 
aesthetics of the Hebrew text. 

Confessions of Saint Augustine (Book 10) 
Translated by Garry Wills (2006) 

In a new translation that brings the 
Confessions into a modern idiom without 

selective juxtaposition — all amplify his 
inventory of memory's varied contents and 
configurations — its fathomless depths, vast 
breadth, hidden nooks. Augustine's exer- 
cise in self-analysis shifts in emphasis from 
memory as a container to the kinetic act of 
remembering. This leads him directly to 
the quest for happiness and the blessed life 
and ultimately God, who paradoxically is 
located within human memory yet cannot 
be contained by it. For Augustine, forget- 
ting is both a lack and a presence, a force 
that compels our search to remember what 
we have lost. 

The Lais of Marie de France 
Translated by Glyn S. Burgess and 
Keith Busby (1986) 

Writing in 1 2th-century francophone 
England, Marie de France, whose historical 
identity remains the object of speculation, 
was the initiator of a new genre. Before 
her, the lay designated an instrumental 
musical composition commemorating an 
adventure (sometimes marvelous, always 
connected to love). Taking their place in 
the line of transmission begun by Breton 
storytellers, Marie's lais are short verse 
narratives that recount her characters' 
romantic adventures, successful and unsuc- 
cessful. She assembled her 12 stories as a 
gift for Henry II — a singular creative act 
that anticipated Boccaccio's Decameron and 

This first volume of Proust's In Search of 
Lost Time, published in 1913, contains in 
germ the entire scope of his monumental 
work. "Combray," the section that begins 
Swann's Way, introduces the first-person 
narrator Marcel, who shares the author's 
name and many autobiographical attributes 
but remains a fictional character. One 
day, counter to habit, the grown-up and 
dispirited Marcel takes a bit of madeleine 
with a spoonful of tea and suddenly feels 
overwhelming joy. Failure follows failure 
as he tries repeatedly to understand the 
source of that indeterminate bliss. Finally, 
when he has given up, the forgotten memo- 
ries of his vouth in the fictional village of 
Combray, captured in the chance meeting 
of tea and buttery pastry, emerge to furnish 
an account of his life and society, as Marcel 
remembers and recovers his vocation as 
a writer. While Emily Dickinson's repre- 
sentations of memory — as dusty closet, or 
deep cellar — emphasize its terrors, Proust 
sees memory as a kev to the jovs associated 
with the wholeness of childhood, often lost 
and sometimes rediscovered by accident. 
Through the work of remembering, but 
also through imagination and writing, the 
riches of the past can be re-created and 
fixed in metaphor. ■ 

Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner is a professor of 
French and the author most recently of 
Chretien Continued: A Study of the Conte du 
Craal and Its Verse Continuations (2009). 

painting: Scala/Art Resource, NY 





For two years, they learned theory and practiced with mannequins. 

Now it's time for Stacey Barone's students to treat patients 



nursing student, puts on a yellow gown, latex gloves, 
and protective glasses. She steps into the room of a patient 
with a contagious staph infection. He also has an infected 
hip, which is why two intravenous lines drape from the 
crook of his elbow to drip bags hanging next to the bed. The 
catheters and tubes need to be flushed with saline water. 
Kesler, petite, tan, and a little unnerved, has never done such 
a thing. 

Earlier, the patient snapped at Kesler when she took his 
vital signs. So she skipped listening to his abdomen with her 
stethoscope and left him in peace. Now she's back, wait- 
ing for a nurse. The room, on the 1 1th floor of Beth Israel 
Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, is bright, with a view 
of an early fall blue sky. The patient channel-surfs his way 

With Stacey Barone (in blue) on the medical oncology floor are, from 
left, Caroline Andrew, Erin Kesler, Jessica Dever, and Maria Cardiello. 

through the midmorning television lineup as Kesler makes 

"You had two breakfasts," she says, glancing at his two 
trays on the windowsill. 

"Uh-huh," he answers. 

At last, the nurse strides into the room. Her cheery con- 
fidence is a relief to Kesler. The nurse fills up a table with a 
medicine cabinet's worth of swabs, syringes, and ampoules, 
arranging them just so. She points out which bits are slip- 
pery to hold, which caps are hard to get off. Each step comes 
with a caveat. Everything must be kept sterile. 

Then the nurse flushes the IVs by removing the tubes 
from the plastic catheters in the patient's arm and inject- 
ing the saline solution into the catheters. After everything 
is done, she writes the time and date on the clear plastic 
bandage that holds the catheters and IVs in place on the 
patient's arm. 

"You can do it next time," she says turning to Kesler. The 



student's safety glasses make her eyes look even bigger. She 
laughs nervously and murmurs, "There were like 50 steps." 

in a lecture hall or by taking blood pressure using a 
medical mannequin. There comes a moment when student 
nurses must lay their hands on living patients. Erin Kesler is 
at that moment, along with 49 other juniors in the Connell 
School of Nursing. They are enrolled in the fall semester 
"laboratory" constituent of Adult Health II. Assigned to 
local hospitals, they will learn to insert catheters in sick 
patients, remove IVs, suction tracheas. It's clinical experi- 
ence — thus, the common shorthand for the class is "the 
clinical" — but the students will learn more than technical 
skills. Some will talk to distraught family members and 
dying patients. They will learn to expect the unexpected. 
"This is a big semester," says Stacey Barone, the assistant 
professor who teaches the classroom portion of Adult 
Health II. Barone also oversees the clinical instruction and 
on Thursdays supervises one of the eight clinical groups. "If 
we reviewed how to read an EKG strip, then the expectation 
is that they can interpret one." 

Hands-on-training has always been central to nursing 
education. But nursing has become a more demanding pro- 

fession. Advances in medicine keep terminal patients alive 
longer and have made diseases that were once a quick death 
sentence now chronic, complicated conditions. The typical 
hospital patient needs more care. As a result, the training 
required of student nurses, says Barone, "seems significantly 
more intense than what I did" in nursing training at Duke 
University in the early 1980s. 

In their initial clinical experience last spring, these stu- 
dents worked more like nurses' aides, giving baths, feeding 
patients, and taking vital signs. Now they also must measure 
out and administer medications, change dressings — and 
flush IV lines. While they are coping with Adult Health II, 
the students take an additional clinical class in a maternity 
ward. In the coming spring they will work in psychiatric 
units for one clinical and in pediatrics for another. Next 
year they will take clinical courses in community health and 
a specialty of their choice. Of all these, Adult Health II will 
give them experiences closest to what they will likely find in 
their first jobs. After graduating, most Boston College nurs- 
ing students work on hospital floors with acutely ill patients, 
says Barone. 

The juniors who meet for three hours every Wednesday 
morning in Cushing 212 for Barone's lectures learn medi- 
cal science — the side effects of drugs, the various ways the 
heart can malfunction — and the planning, treatment, and 
evaluation that comprise nursing care. They are tested 
often on what they've read and been taught — four times a 
semester, concluding with a 100-question multiple choice 
exam. And, once a week, in groups of six and seven, they 
report for shifts at one of four Boston hospitals: Beth Israel 
Deaconess, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and 
Women's Hospital, or Tufts Medical Center. The opportu- 
nity for hands-on clinical experience in major urban hospi- 
tals is what draws many prospective nurses to the Connell 
School, Barone says. 

During any given semester about 300 Boston College 
undergraduate nursing students are involved in clinical 
work, according to Catherine Read, associate dean of the 
undergraduate nursing program. "They like to do the tasky 
things" — the technical procedures, the practical assists — 
Read says of the students, but that alone "is not what we 
are getting at." The challenge is to get them to understand 
"it's the big picture" that matters, Read explains — to learn 
to view a patient's medical condition in relation to the 
individual's emotional, familial, economic, and intellectual 
circumstances. Barone puts it this way: "Nurses are with 
patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week," and the "oppor- 
tunity to get to know them" is a valuable tool in their care. "I 
try to teach my students to take that opportunity and make 
astute assessments." 

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Reading period (clockwise from top): Dever, Cardiello, Andrew, Katherine Kim, Kesler, and Rui Guan review charts. 

Barone gathers her six clinical students, Erin Kesler 
among them, at the end of the hall on Beth Israel's 11th 
floor. Since Barone began teaching this course seven years 
ago, her groups have worked here. She likes it because the 
patients are challenging, and the staff is helpful and welcom- 
ing of the students. The unit, which is called 1 1 Reisman, has 
the feel of a great, slow-moving ship. A milky gray light fills 
the hallways. Two corridors merge into a single one, leading 
to a sunny solarium that comes to a neat point like a ship's 
bow. Patients nap and idle away the time like passengers. 
This is the hospital's medical oncology floor, yet it gets spill- 
over from other departments. There are cancer patients in 
their forties as well as 80-year-olds with urinary tract infec- 
tions and broken hips. Most people who land on this floor 
have multiple health problems. 

Seated on a window ledge, framed by blue sky, Barone 
takes off her trim, red-frame glasses, pushes her blonde hair 
behind her ears, leans forward and asks the students who are 
seated around her to summarize their previous experiences. 

Kesler, an Orlando, Florida, native who switched into 
the nursing program after volunteering at a hospital dur- 
ing her sophomore year at Boston College, says she hasn't 
ever dressed wounds or put in catheters. Maria Cardiello, 

from Connecticut, who has an undergraduate fellowship 
assisting nursing professor Angela Amar in studies of vio- 
lence toward women, says she's given medications before. 
Cardiello and Jess Dever, who plays the mellophone in the 
marching band and is from Massachusetts, appear the most 

Rui Guan, a student from China, got little hands-on 
experience during last spring's clinical because she was 
often drafted into translating for Chinese patients. Kathy 
Kim, a round-faced young woman from New Jersey with 
an easy sense of humor, has given one injection. Caroline 
Andrew, a lacrosse player from Vermont who is also a peer 
tutor at the University's Connors Family Learning Center, 
perches on the edge of her chair and occasionally shifts her 
gaze nervously down the hall toward the patients' rooms. "I 
don't feel confident at all," Andrew admits. 

Barone has had students walk into a patient's room and 
freeze or, worse, burst into tears. A jittery student nurse is 
more likely to make a mistake, so Barone wants to know if 
students are uneasy. Teaching in the hospital is a balancing 
act for Barone and the Connell School's seven other Adult 
Health II clinical instructors. Their goal is to get the students 
to think for themselves, which means getting out of their 
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to patients. So in these early weeks, Barone will often tell the 
students what to do. As the semester wears on, she'll say less 
and less, finally only speaking up if she sees that a student is 
about to make a mistake. "It's like I'm wearing duct tape," 
she says. 

Students always work under the supervision of a licensed 
nurse. It is up to the instructor to determine the degree of 
that supervision, based on a hospital's policies and a stu- 
dent's skill level. Boston College tries to limit the size of 
clinical groups to between six and eight, though hospitals 
will allow as many as 10. To work with 300 students each 
semester, the University needs 35 to 40 clinical instructors. 

Most are nurses who teach part-time. Barone brings 
more academic experience — she holds an MS degree in 
neurological rehabilitation nursing from Boston University 
and earned her Ph.D. in nursing from Boston College in 
1993, joining the faculty full-time in 2002. (Her dissertation 
was on "Adaptation to Spinal Cord Injury.") Still, keeping 
up on the ever-changing technology and science of nursing 
remains a challenge for her, as it will be for her students, 
who must learn "to feel comfortable being uncertain and 
asking questions," she says. "There will always be something 
they won't know." 

September, Barone's clinical students, dressed in 
maroon scrubs, step off the elevator onto 1 1 Reisman for 
their first full day on the unit. They clutch their purses and 
jackets and head up one hallway and down another to find 
Barone. As they double back down the corridor, their gym 
shoes squeaking on the floor, a nurse in a darkened room 
calls, "All the lovely students." 

The students grab patient charts from a kiosk, pull up 
chairs at a small, round table, and begin turning pages. Each 
one has been assigned a patient for the day — a pattern that 
will be repeated throughout the semester, although the 
patients will change weekly. Cardiello pores over the scrib- 
bles of EKGs. Kesler pages through a weighty notebook. 
She stayed up until 1 2:30 in the morning researching the 22 
medications her patient takes. Barone expects her students 
to come prepared. 

By 7:30 a.m., Barone and the students start their morn- 
ing meeting. They discuss their patients' conditions, which 
include pneumonia, lung cancer, dementia, diabetes, and 
hypertension. That done, Barone sends them out on the 
floor to take vital signs. One student walks into a room just 
as her patient vomits and goes into respiratory arrest. All 
she can do is get out of the way. Another student finds her 

Hands-on: "There were like 50 steps," Kesler said after watching 
a procedure. 

Eleven Reisman is the hospital's 
medical oncology floor, yet it gets 
spillover from other departments. 
There are cancer patients in their 
forties as well as 80-year-olds 
with urinary tract infections and 
broken hips. Most people who 
land on this floor have multiple 
health problems. 

diabetic patient eating breakfast before he's had his blood 
sugar tested. Not good. If his insulin level is too high, what 
he eats could make it worse. Maria Cardiello's 93-year-old 
patient complains loudly in Portuguese. His temperature 
reading tops out at 95 degrees, which she believes must 
be wrong. 

Barone calls the students back to the solarium at 10:00 
and demonstrates how to flush IVs and how to use a hand- 
held glucose machine. Before Cardiello leaves the solarium, 
Barone asks her what she should watch for in her patient, 
who appears to have an as-yet-undetermined blood disor- 
der. "That he might bleed a lot," Cardiello answers. 

Cardiello's patient is a big man with a square forehead 
and greenish pallor who has swaddled himself in blankets, 
tucking them under his chin. His mood has improved 
because his daughter has arrived. Even better, the daughter 
can translate his Portuguese for Cardiello, who plops the 
glucose machine on his bed and tells the daughter, "I need 
his hand," which the daughter relays. His thick hand emerg- 
es from under the pile of sheets and blankets. 

Cardiello fumbles with the beeping machine, pushing 
buttons as she tries to clear the last reading. When the 
machine is ready, she quickly pricks the patient's index fin- 
ger with a small lancet. She has to squeeze his finger two, 
three, four times to get enough blood on the thin test strip 
for a reading. She inserts the blooded strip into the machine 
and reads the set of numbers that flash on its small screen. 
The patient needs insulin. 

Cardiello can't find the staff nurse, so she tracks down 
Barone, who suggests she give the shot. She agrees to, 
though she's surprised to be giving a shot on her first day. 
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Barone observes as Cardiello sticks the short needle of a 
syringe into a vial and draws the clear liquid out very slowly, 
watching closely to see when she has loaded two units, 
or less than a quarter of a teaspoon. The student's hands 
tremble ever so slightly. "You're doing fine," Barone says. 

The two stride down the hall and into the darkened room 
and find that the patient's daughter, still seated in a chair 
next to her father, is crying. A doctor was just here, she tells 
them, her voice breaking. Her father has terminal cancer. 
The patient stares blankly at the TV. Barone sits down on 
the patient's bed and takes the daughter's hand. Cardiello 
pulls up a chair. The woman sobs. Last night, she had a 
premonition that he would die. This is her fault, she says. "I 
shouldn't have come today," the daughter cries. 

"He totally lit up once you got here," Cardiello tells her. 

After about 10 minutes, Barone, who's done most of 
the consoling, wraps up the conversation as gracefully as 
she can. She shows Cardiello where to give the patient the 
injection on his upper arm, a spot without any bruising, and 
the student gives him the shot matter-of-factly. The patient 
doesn't turn his eyes from the TV. Cardiello rechecks his 
vitals, his temperature is still low, and she leaves the room. 
In the hall, she sighs. "I've never been in a situation like that," 
she says. "I didn't know what to do." 

At the end of each clinical day, around 2:00 p.m., Barone 

holds a debriefing for her group, usually in the solarium, 
where the green walls of Fenway Park are visible in the 
distance. Each week, Barone focuses on a different subject, 
often drawing from the highs and lows of the day just con- 
cluded. "What worked for you today?" she'll ask. "Why?" 

If a patient has passed away, she may turn the focus 
toward death and dying. The subject could be pain manage- 
ment and the nurse's role as a patient's advocate. Or the 
discussion might dwell on coping strategies for the "non- 
compliant patient." 

early Thursday morning, and the students are noticeably 
more at ease. Seated in the solarium, they sip coffee and 
compare notes on when they went to bed. At 7: 1 5, they rise 
to look at the charts. As they flip pages, a soft cry comes 
from a nearby room. It grows louder. Cardiello checks to 
see which room the sounds are coming from. She reads the 
room number out loud. 

"That's my patient," says Rui Guan, looking up. The cries 
fade, and Guan returns to examining her thick notebook. 
Her 88-year-old patient has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and 
delirium. Ten days ago her heart fluttered uncontrollably. 
Another cry, this one sharp and loud, sounds. Guan looks 
up again. "It's scary," she says. 

Guan is the quietest in the group. She has broad cheeks, a 
small puckered mouth, and a head full of straight black hair 
she pulls into a no-nonsense knot. She speaks with a heavy 
accent and tends to over-enunciate to help people under- 
stand her, which can make her sound brusque. Because 
English is not her native language, she says, she spends twice 
as much time studying as the other students. 

Her parents managed to moved their family from a small 
town in Southern China to Boston five years ago so Guan 
and her brother could attend American universities. In high 
school in China, Guan planned to work for the government. 
Once she arrived here, nursing struck her as a practical 
career, given the pay and job opportunities. Then, while 
gaining clinical experience last spring, she realized that as a 
bilingual nurse she has a way to be of extra help and comfort 
to her fellow immigrants. 

Guan's patient today has a deeply wrinkled face and 
smooth, bald head. The student finds her asleep, covered in 
a colorful blanket with the large image of a floppy-eared dog 
woven into it. Guan calls her name loudly to wake her up. 
The patient moves but keeps her eyes closed. Guan jostles 
the patient's shoulder lightly, calling her name again. The 
patient cracks open one then the other of her blue eyes and 
squints up at Guan, who introduces herself. 

Double check: Kim and Barone in the medication room 

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Barone (right) with Andrew: "I don't feel confident at all," the student confessed on her first day. 

"I'm going to take your vital signs," Guan says. The 
patient smiles and murmurs, "Adorable." 

The student reaches for her patient's arm under the 
blanket. Each time she does so, the old woman pulls her 
arm away. Guan opens a cupboard door near the bed and 
finds the patient's hearing aids. One is black, the other is red. 
Guan isn't sure which goes in which ear. She leaves to find 
Barone. The patient closes her eyes and seems to fall back 
asleep, then begins to cry softly, "Get away, get away." 

Guan spends the rest of the day rousing her patient from 
the dream world she keeps slipping into. Even with her 
hearing aids in place, the old woman appears not to hear. 
Even when she's awake, she closes her eyes, which makes it 
impossible to feed her breakfast and then lunch. 

"Open your eyes," Guan chants, hitting hard on each 

Guan clearly has this Thursday's most demanding patient. 
Caroline Andrew's patient has kidney stones and will be dis- 
charged today. Two of the other patients, both middle-aged, 
have terminal cancer, and there is not much to be done for 
them except to make them comfortable. Kesler's patient 
has liver cancer, but doesn't seem very ill. "It's hard to know 
what to say to someone with that diagnosis," Kesler says. 

Unlike Guan, the other five students have time to eat 

lunch together at the round table where they do charts in 
the morning. Cardiello says everything is beginning to click 
for her. Kesler says that, to her surprise, she likes this clinical 
better than working with the newborns and mothers in the 
maternity clinical class. She finds it harder but more inter- 
esting, owing to the wider range of patients. Andrew agrees. 
"I thought I was going to hate this," she says. 

Meanwhile, in a nearby room, Guan leans over to draw a 
sterile sample from the tubing that runs from her patient's 
catheter to a urine bag. The patient is napping again, this 
time in a chair, but there's no need to wake her. The prob- 
lem is, there is not much urine. So Guan and Barone have 
to wait for the dozing patient to urinate, which takes time, 
as everything does with this patient. Finally there is enough, 
and then with care Guan transfers the urine, which she has 
collected in a cup, into a test tube so the sample can be sent 
to the lab. 

That done, Guan smiles, having added another procedure 
to her repertoire. It's a start. None of the students has yet put 
in a catheter, changed a wound dressing, or flushed a central 
line. With the bulk of the semester to go, there is still time 
for that. Thursday by Thursday, they are becoming nurses. I 

Amy Sutherland is a writer in the Boston area. 







Chuck Hogan '89 works eight hours a day, seven days a week. 

The results are explosive 



n a bitterly cold December night in Boston, Chuck Hogan walks into the Bukowski 
Tavern, wearing blue jeans and a thin leather jacket, no hat covering his close-cropped brown 
hair. I recognize him from his book jacket photos, but nobody else takes notice. He's one of 
the city's most successful novelists, yet he's still at that point where not many people know it. 

It may not be that way much longer. All last summer and 
fall, there was a low-level buzz in town about a new Boston 
movie-in-the-making, starring Ben Affleck. Going by the 
working title "The Town," it's adapted from Hogan's 2004 
thriller, Prince of Thieves. When the movie hits theaters later 
this year, Hogan's publisher will print a movie tie-in edition 

of the novel, and perhaps reissue some of his other novels — 
he's had six out so far. 

We take a table toward the back of the tavern. I open a 
conversation about his career, using the phrase "a success 

opposite: Chuck Hogan, Copley Square, Boston 


BCM •:• WINTER 2010 

photo illustration: Gary Wayne Gilbert 

story." Hogan looks uncomfortable. He wouldn't declare 
himself a success yet, not in terms of being the kind of writer 
he wants to be. "I've got a long way to go," he says. 

It strikes me as a statement of ambition more than humil- 
ity. I'd been reading Prince of Thieves, which is a book that 
dreams big, that wants to sell, that fairly qualifies as what 
writer P.D. James calls "the fast-action thriller with its 
dominant testosterone-fueled hero and its opportunities 
for spectacular action sequences." It has all the elements of 
conventional, hard-boiled crime fiction, including believable 
criminals, a sharp, righteous detective, and a love story that 
spells trouble. 

But if there's a mystery Hogan puts at the core of the 
book, it's a sociological mystery. The setting is Charlestown, 
that one-square-mile Boston neighborhood that at one 
time produced more robbers of armored cars and banks 
than any other community in America, according to the 
FBI. In the mid-1990s, reading a Boston Globe series about 
Charlestown as a breeding ground for thieves, Hogan 
started to wonder why. When you finish reading Prince of 
Thieves, you feel you know why. He penetrates the hood- 
lum subculture: its multilayered resentments, generational 
grudges, and disingenuous code of honor. And Hogan does 
it with judicious sympathy. Some villains are rats; others are, 
well, decent people gone wrong. 

Reading the book before knowing much about Hogan, I 
was half-convinced he had grown up in Charlestown — that 
this was one of those books that came from some personal 
need to redeem the past. The struggles of his main char- 
acter with alcoholism, and his reliance on an Alcoholics 

could about robbing banks and armored cars, which is easier 
research than it used to be, now that many court transcripts 
and FBI documents are publicly available online. Hogan 
grew up in Canton, a suburb south of Boston, but all four 
of his grandparents lived in South Boston, a place with the 
same kind of working-class insularity as Charlestown. He 
understands the embattled urban enclave. 

More so than with any of his other books, he tells me, he 
knew he had to get the place right in Prince of Thieves, make 
it work almost like one of the characters of the book. When 
the novel came out, he was asked to give a reading at the 
Charlestown Public Library. "I went in with a fair amount of 
trepidation," he says. "Thinking I'd get my car windows bro- 
ken or something. But actually, there was a huge turnout. 

"There's a toast at the beginning of the book. I read that. 
The only standing ovation I've ever gotten. The people there 
really responded to it." 

And nobody told him he'd gotten it wrong. The toast fills 
most of a page. It begins: 

To the Town. 

To Charlestown, our one square mile of brick and cobblestone. 
Neighborhood of Boston, yet lopped off every map of the city 
like a bastard cropped out of a happy family portrait. 


quickly, for Hogan. 

At Boston College, he enrolled in the late professor John 
McAleer's class in mystery writing. (McAleer himself had 
written a biography of the mystery writer Rex Stout that 

Hogan learned as much as he could about robbing banks and 

armored cars, which is easier research than it used to be, now that many 

court transcripts and FBI documents are publicly available online. 

Anonymous sponsor, made me curious whether Hogan 
would order a beer at Bukowski's. 

He did. He drank a pint can of Narragansett Lager — 
two pints, in fact. It turns out Hogan didn't grow up in 
Charlestown and has never had a drinking problem. He's 
nothing like the men in his books, he admits. He seems more 
comfortable listening, absorbing information, than holding 
forth. His books are full of characters who use the language 
of the street, harsh and profane, yet he speaks like a well- 
mannered family man. 

For Prince of Thieves, Hogan studied. He spent hours 
walking the Charlestown streets. He learned as much as he 

earned him an Edgar Award.) Later he went to see the pro- 
fessor, hoping to propose an independent-study course in 
which he'd write some short stories. "He said, 'Why don't 
you write a novel? Just try it, and we'll see what happens,'" 
Hogan recalls. At the end of the year Hogan, then a senior, 
had a book, not a good one he says now, but a finished 
story. McAleer saw enough promise that he gave Hogan an 
A and the name of his own literary agent — a real confidence 

By the time Hogan graduated with a major in English, 
he had outlined what he hoped would be his first published 
novel. He took a job at a local video store and worked for 




a year on the story, eventually producing an 800-page 
manuscript. He called the novel "Small Town Murders," 
and it featured an ambitious cop trying to solve a series of 
puzzling deaths. The story went unpublished. He wrote 
another one, set in Boston's Chinatown, also unpublished. 
In 1992, Hogan began thinking about an event in the 
news — fugitive Randy Weaver had holed up in a cabin in 
Idaho for 1 1 days before federal lawmen finally arrested 
him. Hogan imagined the story from the point of view of 
an FBI hostage negotiator, who became a character called 
John Banish, a recovering alcoholic brought in to deal with 
a heavily armed white supremacist. 

With that novel in progress, he recalled that a friend had 
told him about meeting Amanda Urban, a top literary agent, 
at a party in the Hamptons. On impulse, Hogan sent Urban 
a letter asking if he could submit a few of his chapters. 
Getting a green light, he sent the first half of his manuscript, 
which Urban read while housebound during a snowstorm. 
She liked it and encouraged him to keep going. By the spring 
of 1994, Urban had sold the book and the movie rights. 
Suddenly, at 26, just a couple of months before getting 
married to Charlotte Bright, whom he met while both were 
students at Canton High School, Hogan had a publishing 
and movie deal that came to just over a million dollars. He 
gave two weeks' notice at the video store and prepared to 
write full-time. 

Looking back now, Hogan recalls a key piece of advice he 
got at the time of that sudden success. Urban told him his 
first task was to get a good financial advisor because "You 
may not do this again." And, in fact, when the novel was 
published in 1995 as The Standoff, it didn't find its way onto 
the bestseller list. Meanwhile, the movie — as often happens 
in Hollywood — failed to materialize. "I made a lot of money 
with the first book, and then there was a good run of years 
there, almost 1 years, where I made very little," Hogan says. 

He followed The Standoff 'with The Blood Artists in 1998, 
which also didn't find a large audience. It wasn't until his 
third effort, Prince of Thieves, hit the stands in 2004 that 
his luck began to improve. Even so, the process of turn- 
ing the book into a movie unfolded in fits and starts over 
five years. The first production company and screenwriter 
couldn't seem to get the script whittled down to a suitable 
length. Another team tried, bringing in Hogan to help. That 
effort stalled. Finally, Affleck, a Cambridge, Massachusetts, 
native, took up the project. With Affleck directing and play- 
ing the lead character, the moviemakers started staging 
bank robberies and other dramatic actions in and around 
Boston last year. 

Hogan and his wife were invited in November to watch 
a scene being filmed and to meet Affleck. The production 
company had commandeered the 19th floor of a build- 
ing in downtown Boston and remade it into the city's FBI 

headquarters, Hogan recalls, "and we got to sit where the 
producers sit in front of the monitors, and then they had 
us sit behind in the actors' chairs, watching them do the 
scene over and over and over again." It was fresh material, 
too. Hogan found himself observing a scene that wasn't in 
the book. Not that he minded. By this time, he was deep 
into several other projects, and was happy to leave the 
Charlestown crime story to Affleck and company. 


Killing Moon in 2007. That novel takes place in a rural 
Massachusetts town beset with shady characters, a corrupt 
police force, a drug problem, and a missing person. By this 
time, he had also teamed up with Guillermo del Toro, a 
writer and film director (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy), to pro- 
duce a trilogy of horror novels in the ever-popular vampire 
genre. The first of those, The Strain, was published last year 
and made the New York Times bestseller list. 

Hogan's fifth solo novel, Devils in Exile, rolled off the 
presses in February 2010. In it, Hogan returns to the kind of 
gritty, urban crime tale that, like Prince of Thieves, manages 
to be something more than pure entertainment. But what, 
exactly? There is deep feeling in Devils in Exile for young 
veterans who return to civilian life in a country that seems 
to have no place for them. The story revolves around a char- 
acter named Neil Maven, whose experiences fighting in Iraq 
are irrelevant as he takes a job in a convenience store and 
then as a parking lot attendant in downtown Boston. Maven 
falls under the spell of a charismatic fellow veteran, who 
lures him into what appears to be a vigilante squad devoted 
to fighting the city's drug cartels. Suddenly his skills as a 
soldier matter again. 

The characters work out of a Back Bay Victorian brown- 
stone set up as a real estate office. They dine at steakhouses 
and bistros on Newbury Street and frequent a loud down- 
town nightclub called Precipice. They trail a Venezuelan 
into the Sheraton Boston, and some months later, his body 
is pulled from the frozen Charles River, the hands severed. 

Hogan has lived in several parts of the city. Explaining 
his preference for Boston settings, he says simply, "It's 
what I know and what I need." He seems little interested in 
discussing the other contemporary crime novelists who've 
mined the city's streets, Dennis Lehane and Robert B. 
Parker, for example. 

Kate Mattes, the former owner of Kate's Mystery Books 
in Cambridge, recalls reading The Killing Moon and being 
struck by Hogan's "ability to develop a sense of place." She 
found the small-town Massachusetts setting so believable 
"I felt like I had driven through it," she says. Mattes sees 
a key difference between Hogan's career so far and that 
of the popular writer Robert B. Parker, who died at his 
desk in January. Hogan hasn't created a series, as Parker 




did with his detective Spenser. "Bob became famous for 
his series characters. Chuck is becoming famous without 
them." Right now, Mattes said, pausing then speaking 
carefully, "I'd say he and Dennis Lehane are the two best 
crime writers in Boston." 

Colin Harrison, Hogan's editor at Scribner, says Hogan 
is on the one hand "trying to fulfill the necessities of a thrill- 
er; on the other hand he's also trying to write at a very high 
level." Harrison has worked with Hogan on Prince of Thieves, 
The Killing Moon, and Devils in Exile, and he describes the 
classic Hogan protagonist: "the person who comes from the 
working class who has superior abilities, either intellectual 
or physical, or even moral." Hogan, he says, is interested in 
finding out what happens to that person, "seeing what he 
does when he gets into a jam, what haunts him — what his 
weaknesses and strengths are. You really get a feeling that 
Chuck knows what kind of beer he drinks, what kind of car 
he drives, the music he listens to, the shoes he wears, and so 
on. It's not a fake man-of-the-people position on his part. I 
think he really just feels these guys instinctively." 

That's not to say that Hogan has broken any mold. The 
best crime writers — Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, 
or, currently, Lehane, Sara Paretsky, Richard Price, James 
Ellroy — are always attuned to the social pathologies in the 
world around them. Nor will Hogan be considered by virtue 
of his work so far to be in the "literary" category rather than 
popular fiction. Devils in Exile spins toward a conclusion 
of almost James Bond-like sensational violence (without 
Bond's endless variety of techno-gizmos), and the character 
Neil Maven seems capable of more than is possible. 

A Washington Post reviewer several years ago referred to 
Prince of Thieves as "flawed but powerful." Reviewers might 
well say the same of Devils in Exile. What novel isn't — to a 
critic — flawed in some way? But "powerful" is accurate, too. 

There's a scene in the beginning of the new novel in 
which Maven is recruited by the oMer ex-vet into his new 
line of work. The vet seems to know better than Maven 
himself what he's feeling. 

"So — now you're out, and here's where you're stuck. 
Socially, developmentally, you're really not much older 
than the teenager you were when you first went in. But, 
mentally, experience-wise, you're at least a decade older 
than your calendar age. It's like those body-switching mov- 
ies. There's a progression of life that every human being 
goes through, and for you it's been messed up. You've been 
taken out of life, dropped onto a desert battlefield half a 
world away, then taken out of that again and dropped back 
into your peace." 

He continues: 

"Everybody else your age either has a college degree or 
else years invested in this job market. They have employ- 

ment equity, because they've been enjoying the fruits of 
your labor, working here in this nice safe bubble Fortress 
America. Now you come back, and it's like, 'Thanks kid. Let 
me shake your hand. Damn proud of ya. Now take a place 
at the back of the line.'" 

Maven falls for it. And the story that unfolds is strong stuff. 
The young soldier is as much at war in Boston as he was 
in Iraq. 


to Canton when he was five. His father was a utility compa- 
ny executive. His mother worked at home while Chuck and 
his two younger sisters were growing up; later she worked 
in real estate. (She died in 2004, just before Prince of Thieves 
came out.) "I certainly didn't come from an artistic family," 
Hogan says. "It was definitely out of the ordinary for me to 
do this." 

But there were signs early on that he had an imaginative 
mind. His youngest sister, Julie Hogan Read '92, recalls 
helping her father clean out his basement not long ago. 
Among Chuck's old papers were stories he'd written in 
high school, and even some from elementary school. They 
showed an imagination inclined toward horror stories, she 
said — and talent. "They were not the typical writing sample 
a junior in high school would write," she says. By the time 
she was a first-year student at Boston College and he was a 
senior, his ambitions were apparent. "He was always writ- 
ing," she recalls. 

To hear Hogan tell it, he leads a work-focused life. He 
and his wife bought a house 1 5 years ago in Sharon because 
it afforded plenty of room for a home office. Hogan says 
he puts in at least eight hours a day writing and keeps to a 
seven-day-a-week schedule because he doesn't want to lose 
momentum on weekends. He concentrates on long-form 
fiction — not seeking freelance assignments from magazines 
or tinkering around with essays and short stories. 

Working at home, he's able to produce and still get time 
with the couple's four children, ages nine, seven, five, and 
two. His sister says that her parents emphasized being "well- 
rounded" when they were young, and that Chuck excelled 
at tennis and baseball. She doesn't see him as overly single- 
minded, not with young children in the house. "He manages 
to have a balanced life," she says. 

Hogan says he does wonder what it will be like when 
his kids are old enough to read his books. He recalls giving 
Prince of Thieves to his grandmother, then in a nursing home. 
"I found out later that she was telling her friends that I wrote 
the book, but that the editors put in all the bad language to 
spice it up." As for his children, he says, what he writes is 
"nothing like the way I am at home. So I think they'll under- 
stand: It's the way an actor portrays different roles." 

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Hogan took up his line of work with modest ambitions. 
When he started reading popular fiction, he says, "I thought 
I could do at least as badly as the bad books — and there were 
a lot of bad books. I thought, well, there's a chance maybe 
I could write a thriller that vou wouldn't feel embarrassed 
reading on the subway. . . something you wouldn't leave 
on the plane when vou got off but take with you and put on 
your shelf, or give it to someone. That was my goal." 

After five crime novels (and the coauthored vampire 
novel with two sequels in progress), does he worry about 
running out of material? "Ideas are not a problem at all," he 
says. "For me, it's finding that one idea I want to throw on 
my back and carry for a year or a year and a half. It's really 
more choosing than it is finding." 

At the Bukowski Tavern that cold December night, we 
talked about books, but more about movies. The meeting 
place was his idea. There's a scene in Devils in Exile that he 
set here, using the bar's real name. He describes it as "a nar- 
row bar on Dalton Street dangling over the Massachusetts 
Turnpike. A no-pretensions, cash-only bar to balance out 

the clubby steak house" in the Back Bay where his main 
characters have just dined. 

It's the kind of place his characters would be drawn to, 
a guy's place, with a vast selection of beer, and waitresses 
who manage to be alluring without seeming to try. Plus, it 
was named for the hard-drinking writer Charles Bukowski. 

We talked about how Hogan found a copy many years 
ago of The Friends of Eddie Coyle by the late George V. 
Higgins ('61, JD'67), perhaps the best Boston crime novel 
ever. He mentioned that the 1973 movie with Robert 
Mitchum holds up well — and then there are the Bukowski 
stories that became the 1987 movie Barfly, starring the 
weathered, famously intemperate Mickey Rourke. "I'm a big 
fan of Mickey Rourke," he said. 

Returning to Bukowski, he mused that having a bar 
named after you might be one of the highest honors a writer 
could hope for. It sounded to me, for the first time that eve- 
ning, like one of his characters talking. ■ 

Dave Denison is a writer in the Boston area. 


A cold Saturday night in November. 

Neal Maven stood on the edge of the parking lot, look- 
ing up at the buildings of downtown Boston. He was won- 
dering about the many lights left shining in the windows 
of the top-floor offices— who does that, and why— when a 
thumping bass line made him turn. 

A silver limousine eased around the corner. Its long side 
windows were mirrored so that the less fortunate could see 
themselves watching the American dream pass them by. 
Maven stuffed his hands deep inside the pouch pockets of 
his blanket-thick hoodie, stamping his boots on the black- 
top to keep warm. 

Nine months now. Nine months he'd been back. Nine 
months since demobilization and discharge, like nine 
months of gestation, waiting to be reborn back into the 
peacetime world. Nine months of transition and nothing 
going right. 

He had already pissed through most of his duty pay. 
The things you tell the other guys you're going to do once 
you get back home — grow a beard, drink all night, sleep 
all day— those things he had done. Those goals he had 
achieved. The things the Army recommends doing before 
discharge, to ease your transition — preparing a resume, 
lining up housing, securing employment— those things he 
had let slide. 

The parking-lot-guard job— 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., three nights 

a week — came via a posting on Craigslist. The owner of the 
parking lot was a builder looking to jab another diamond 
pin in the cushion of downtown Boston. The property man- 
ager who hired Maven, a square-shouldered Navy vet of 
two Vietnam tours, clapped him on the back fraternally and 
then explained that he would break Maven's thumbs if he 
stole so much as a penny. 

After a week or two of long hours stamping his feet out 
in the bitterly cold night, warding street people away from 
soft-top Benzs and Lexus SUVs, this threat took the form 
of a challenge. Every shift now, Maven showed up thinking 
he wouldn't steal, only to soften after long hours soaking in 
the lonesome marinade of night. $36.75 FLAT FEE, ENTER 
kept it to one or two cars a shift, nothing serious. Latecom- 
ers always, inebriates pulling in after midnight, addressing 
Maven as "my man" or "dude," and never requesting a re- 
ceipt, never even noticing him lifting the gate by hand. 
It was funny money, the $73.50 he skimmed. He wasted it 
accordingly. —Chuck Hogan 

Excerpted from Devils in Exile: A Novel, by Chuck Hogan. Copy- 
right © 2010 by Multimedia Threat, Inc. Excerpted with permis- 
sion of Scribner, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. The book may 
be purchased at a discount from the Boston College Bookstore via 





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The photographs of Bobbie Hanvey 

For more than 50 years photographer Bobbie Hanvey has documented the variously bucolic, 
urbanized, and occasionally brutal existence of his fellow inhabitants of Northern Ireland in spare, 
unadorned images. He estimates his total output at more than half a million pictures. 

Hanvey is best known for his portraits — of road sweepers, farmers, and the poverty-hardened 
children of the region's itinerant Travellers; and also of prominent personages, including religious 
and paramilitary leaders (Catholic and Protestant), politicians, artists, and members of the British 
nobility. "I wouldn't be interested in photographing hills or anything like that," he says. Yet, Hanvey 
adds, he embraced photography not for the society but for the opportunity to work alone. 

Self-taught, Hanvey maintains his pictures are "not art," but rather the consequence of "a camera, 
film, and adrenaline." To this day he works with a manual Leica and two or three lenses, eschew- 
ing artificial lighting and digital instruments. Hanvey favors black-and-white film. Color, he says, 
"doesn't show you anything about most people." 

Beginning in 2001, Boston College acquired the first portion of Hanvey's photographic archives 
and will, in time, own virtually all of his work. The Burns Library has begun the process of creating 
an inventory and digitally capturing the images, to make them available online. To date some 5,700 
images (of the 50,000 currently in the hands of University archivists) have been digitized and orga- 
nized into four categories: Bombs and Violence; Writers, Poets, Journalists, and Artists; The Travelling 
People; and Seamus Heaney, the 1995 Nobel Prize-winning poet, whom Hanvey has photographed 
since 1979. Future installments — 13 categories are planned in all— will include Singers and Other 
Entertainers; and the Royal Ulster Constabulary (now the Police Services of Northern Ireland). 

Hanvey, 64, continues to work. This summer he aims to photograph the wives of a number of 
provisional IRA members, developing and printing the images by hand. 

Visit the Bobbie Hanvey photographic archives via Boston College Magazine's Full Story, at www. — Thomas Cooper 

opposite: One of Hanvey's most-photographed subjects (some 1 ,000 shots and counting), poet Seamus Heaney stands in a field of peat turves in Bellaghy, a village 
in County Londonderry, where he lives. Heaney is wearing his father's coat and hat. The walking stick was his father's as well (1986). 

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Hanvey has photographed a wide range of Northern Ireland's 
novelists, journalists, poets, painters, .and sculptors, including 
Ulster playwright Brian Friel (a favorite annual subject despite 
his camera-shy reputation); botanical artist and portraitist 
Raymond Piper; and novelist J.P. Oonleavy. Of Donleavy, 
Hanvey says, "He knows exactly what he looks like, right down 
to the curl of his fingers — most people don't have that quality." 

clockwise, from right: Artist Rita Duffy in her Belfast studio (1995); James 
Kelly, political journalist for the Irish News (1980s); actor Nial Toibin, in Robinson's 
Bar, Belfast, in the 1980s; writer Edna O'Brien, whom Hanvey describes as "one 
of the most beautiful women in Ireland" (1990s); poet Cathal 6 Searcaigh, at a 
slate quarry near his home in County Donegal (1998); and artist Neil Shawcross in 
his Belfast studio (1995). 



Jearly 1,500 of the images archived thus far by Burns Library 
taff chronicle the decades-long struggle between loyalists 
nd republicans in Northern Ireland. Having gained the trust 
f persons on both sides, Hanvey offers manifold views of 
le conflict, from its encroachments on daily life to portraits 
f individuals whom discord raised to prominence, such as Ian 
aisley of the Democratic Unionist Party and Billy Hutchinson 
nd Gusty Spence of the Ulster Volunteer Force. 

lockwise, from right: Hanvey took this shot of a workingman walking away 
om a bomb blast that happened 20 yards in front of Hanvey's car as he was 
'iving through Belfast— "my car went up in the air, and when it landed I grabbed 
y camera and started to take pictures" (1 970s); workers repair the crater left by 
lother car bomb in the center of Belfast that badly damaged adjacent buildings, 
eluding the law courts (1980s); firemen stand with a portable ladder rig near a 
e at the offices of Hugh J. O'Boyle, a building contractor in Hanvey's hometown 
: Downpatrick, purportedly targeted by the provisional IRA for selling to loyalists 
970s); a soldier keeps guard while other members of his Ulster Defense regimen- 
.I unit search for bombs in a neighborhood of Downpatrick (1 980s). 


For 20 years starting in the 1970s, Hanvey photographed and 
interviewed Ireland's Travellers, itinerants by long tradition 
who are called Lucht Siuil (literally, "walking people") in Irish. 
They move about the country, in trucks and trailers now, setting 
up encampments in public parking areas and roadside pull- 
offs and seeking odd jobs. Often they meet with distrust and 
dislike, mirrored in Hanvey's images of burned-out caravans 
and police evictions. 

clockwise, from left: A young boy in a skirt worn to mislead fairies believed to 
steal male children (1970s); a girl taunts an officer of the Royal Ulster Constabulary 
(1 980s); a family framed in the window of their burned-out caravan in Belfast, 
allegedly torched by local residents (1980s); Hanvey (in bowler) interviewing trav- 
ellers for his weekly radio talk show, "The Ramblin' Man," which he has hosted 
for 32 years (1978). 

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Lotteries once served to build this country. Today they tax the poor 


/America is a land of lotteries. Over the past 50 years, the percentage of the population 
living in a state with a legal lottery has jumped from to 95 percent. And satisfaction with 
the games runs high — a 2006 Pew survey put the approval rate at more than 70 percent. 
The public likes the revenues that lotteries bring to state coffers, the fact that these rev- 
enues are not forcibly extracted (but rather are volunteered by those who choose to play) and 

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the array of good causes the revenues support. Only eight 
of the 43 states with lotteries send all lottery revenues into 
their general fund, to be distributed across the full range 
of government programs. The rest earmark at least some 
portion for specific aims, often putting the money into 
a fund or trust — the sort of lockbox Al Gore touted for 
Social Security during the 2000 presidential campaign — to 
protect the proceeds from state legislators seeking to feed 
strapped budgets. 

The good causes designated to receive lottery funds vary 
widely. The states of Colorado, Minnesota, and Maine 
direct part or all of their proceeds to natural-resource con- 
servation, parks, and outdoor programs. Kansas spends 
its on economic-development initiatives (and prisons). 
Massachusetts uses the revenues to subsidize city and 
town governments; Wisconsin uses them for property-tax 
relief. Pennsylvania's lotteries support programs for senior 

But far and away the most common earmark for lot- 
tery funds is public education. Twenty-three states fun- 
nel at least some lottery revenues to this cause, with 18 
dedicating all lottery proceeds to it. Some states simply 
transfer the money to their department of education; oth- 
ers fund particular measures, such as college scholarships, 
pre-kindergarten, school construction, teacher training, or 
community colleges. Together, these allotments have given 
rise to the expression "education lottery." The term has 
made its way into the official names of several enterprises 
(the Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program, 
the North Carolina Education Lottery, and the Oklahoma 
Education Lottery Trust Fund, to cite just a few). But it is 
used in a colloquial sense as well, an indication of how firmly 
established the connection between lotteries and education 
has become. As the New York Times reported in October 
2007, polls show that many citizens believe their public 
schools are "largely supported" by scratch tickets and other 
games of chance. 

Tethering means to ends is routine practice in public 
financing. Gasoline taxes go toward highway infrastruc- 
ture; hunting licenses help pay for wildlife conservation; 
taxes on pollutants contribute to environmental cleanup — 
in each of these cases, an intuitive connection obtains. 
However, there is no natural linkage between the lottery 
and any core public service — let alone education, which 
seems especially incompatible with playing a game one has 
little hope of winning. "Education lottery" may not be the 
most jarring union of means and ends ever suggested in 
government revenue enhancement — that distinction surely 
belongs to a proposed 2007 Texas bill to tax strip clubs for 

Opposite: New Jersey Powerball players, May 9, 2000, the 
day before a record $366 million went to two winners 

the benefit of public elementary schools — but as a concept 
it is something of an oxymoron. And as public policy it may 
be deeply harmful — to many individual lottery players, 
to already disadvantaged segments of our citizenry, and to 
society as a whole. 



fellows: greed and charity, compulsion and voluntarism, 
self-interest and the common good. Still, they have been 
with us from the start. In colonial and early national 
American history, lotteries raised money for both private 
and public ends. Because few individuals could afford large 
purchases of property (whether land or slaves), one-time 
lotteries, or raffles, were routinely held in lieu of auctions. 
The owner or creditor set a specific value on a property and 
offered enough tickets — usually several thousand — to bring 
in at least that sum in sales. Buyers paid a small amount for 
their chance, and an otherwise prohibitive purchase price 
was distributed among a large population. No less a tower- 
ing (and debt-ridden) figure than Thomas Jefferson sought 
to dispose of his entire holdings, including Monticello, 
through such a vehicle in his waning years. Although the 
Virginia legislature authorized Jefferson's lottery in March 
1826, the former president died a few months later, before 
the offering could take place. A posthumous attempt failed 
to generate sufficient ticket sales, so his estate was sold off 
piecemeal instead. 

Notwithstanding this unhappy example, lotteries in early 
America tended to have a democratizing effect, as they 
enabled vast holdings or sums to pass quickly from the 
wealthy to individuals of lesser means. Sometimes they also 
led to disruption, as the case of Denmark Vesey illustrates 
in the extreme. Vesey was a slave in Charleston, South 
Carolina, in 1800 when he won $1,500 in the local East 
Bay Street lottery. He naturally used his winnings to buy his 
freedom, and spent the next 22 years working as a carpen- 
ter in the city — all the while plotting a slave rebellion that 
was discovered and brutally suppressed before it could be 

Most lotteries in early America, however, were intended 
to raise funds for the common good — for public construc- 
tion and other projects. Colonies and, later, states and 
the young federal government authorized the games, but 
private businesses typically ran them, often reaping huge 
profits through commissions and fees while dispensing 
just a small portion of the revenues — sometimes as little 
as 15 percent, compared with about 30 percent today — to 
the cause at hand. (For example, as the gambling histo- 
rian David Schwartz has described, a Massachusetts lot- 
tery chartered in 1811 to raise funds for Plymouth Beach 

photograph: Schwarz Shaul/Corbis Sygma 



paid out nearly $900,000 in prize money over nine years 
and yielded handsome earnings for the administrators — 
but gave the state only $10,000 to make the necessary 
improvements.) Buying a ticket was promoted as a patri- 
otic act, just as during the Second World War buying war 
bonds would be cast as a patriotic duty. Lotteries helped 
to finance the Continental Army and the construction of 
Washington, D.C.; the upkeep of Long Wharf in New 
Haven, Connecticut; and the rebuilding of Stoughton Hall 
in Harvard Yard. They were used to fund churches and poor 
houses — even to ransom citizens held hostage by Native 
American tribes. Most Americans in this period, Schwartz 
has observed, "saw lotteries as sensible ways to contribute 
to the greater good — and get something for nothing, or next 
to nothing." But as the 19th century progressed, corruption 
increasingly beset the lotteries, and by 1860 all but three 
states had banned them. 

The bans did not last long. Several Southern states, hav- 
ing scant funds with which to rebuild after the Civil War, 
re-authorized private companies to run games, and taxed 
the proceeds. Here too, though, corruption rose along 
with revenues. The infamous Louisiana Lottery — dubbed 
"the Serpent," in part for the predatory manner in which it 
was managed — grew from 1868 to 1892 into a sprawling 
interstate enterprise whose million-dollar annual profits 
dwarfed the $40,000 annual tax it paid the state for the 
right to operate. Daily drawings provided frequent small 
prizes, and the occasional grand prize kept players dream- 
ing of big payoffs, but the Serpent used its state-granted 
monopoly status (and constant bribes) to prevent any real 
oversight of its payout rates, which were minuscule overall. 
By the end of the century, anti-gambling activists succeeded 
in getting most lotteries outlawed again, although many 
illegal lotteries persisted. 

Reformers suggested at the time that the states counter 
the spate of illegal games with highly regulated lotteries of 
their own, but the notion went unheeded. When the modern 
wave of lotteries washed over the nation, it was the lure of 
new revenue, more than the prospect of stamping out cor- 
ruption, that caught legislators' attention. 

New Hampshire pioneered the modern state lottery 
in 1964, with a semiannual drawing to benefit education. 
The measure passed only after a 1 0-year battle in the state 
house, and drew vituperative comment from around the 
nation (was "this shabby dodge . . . the only way out" of 
New Hampshire's fiscal difficulties? the Reader's Digest 
wondered); however, the game itself quickly took hold. 
The following year New Hampshire expanded the prizes 
and increased the frequency of drawings. New York and 
New Jersey soon instituted lotteries as well, with New 
York offering the nation's first million-dollar jackpot in 
1970 — and the arms race for gambling revenue was on. 

States adjacent to those with lotteries fretted about losing 
revenue from border-crossing citizens and hastened to put 
in place lotteries of their own. During the 1970s, lotteries 
sprang up in 11 more states, mostly in the northeast and 
mid- Atlantic. They spread westward in the 1 980s and to the 
last holdout region — the South — in the 1990s. Multi-state 
lotteries, meanwhile, began in 1 988 with Lotto America, the 
precursor to Powerball; this was joined eight years later by 
the game now known as Mega Millions, which has paid out 
jackpots as high as $390 million. 


tory, few Americans today view them as a moral problem. 
A recent Ellison Research poll found that although 87 
percent of Americans said they believed in the concept 
of sin (defined by surveyors as "something that is almost 
always considered wrong, particularly from a religious or 
moral perspective"), only 18 percent identified "playing 
the lottery" as a sin — well below the 47 percent who had 
such qualms about "gossip." Protestants were more likely 
than Catholics to perceive lotteries as sinful (31 percent 
versus 7 percent), conservatives (at 24 percent) more likely 
than liberals (9 percent). To borrow the language of the 
Gallup polling organization, gambling overall is a "consen- 
sus issue." It is acceptable to nearly as many Americans (63 
percent) as is divorce (65 percent). 

Even though Americans may look kindly on (their fel- 
low) gamblers, using lotteries as a means of public financing 
is problematic on several counts. First are some purely fis- 
cal concerns. Lotteries are inefficient: Their administrative 
costs average 10 percent, a figure driven by the aggressive 
marketing needed to ensure their success. (The administra- 
tive costs of a broad-based tax are only about 1 percent.) 
Lottery revenues are unstable; they fluctuate constantly 
and are difficult to forecast accurately, with obvious conse- 
quences for the entities depending on them. And despite all 
that marketing, lotteries actually produce little revenue rela- 
tive to overall state budgets. In 2006, states took in a com- 
bined total of $ 1 7 billion in lottery profits — a hefty sum, to 
be sure, but when broken down it accounted for only about 
2 percent of their collective budgets. Income taxes and sales 
taxes, by contrast, each contributed about 25 percent. 

The most widely cited downside — and a much more 
disturbing one — is the highly regressive nature of lottery 
revenues. Lotteries draw far more from the poor, as a per- 
centage of total income, than from the rich. Sales taxes on 
foodstuffs and other necessities often come under fire for 
the same reason, but according to some sources, the regres- 
sive effects of lotteries are twice as great. 

A massive two-year study by the National Opinion 



Research Center at the University of Chicago gathered 
fine-toothed data on America's lottery players. In a 1999 
report to the federally funded National Gambling Impact 
Study Commission, several of the nation's leading policy 
economists parsed the results. They concluded that about 
half of Americans play the lottery, a participation rate that 
remains remarkably constant (between 47 and 57 percent) 
across virtually all demographic categories and incomes. 
(Only senior citizens fall below this range, with a 39 percent 
participation rate.) But they found huge variations in lottery 
spending, which rises as income drops. Lottery players with 
an annual household income of $50,000 to $100,000 spent, 
on average, $225 a year; those players earning $25,000 to 
$50,000 spent $382; and those earning less than $10,000 
spent $597 — more than 5 percent of their income. As the 
economist Earl Grinols put it, "Lotteries . . . take money 
away from . . . those [whom] most would agree should not 
be used as a tax base." 

Consider the data on race and education, and the picture 
grows even more lopsided. Lottery spending is highest 
among African-American players, who spent $998 per 
capita in 1999, compared to $289 for Hispanics and $210 
for whites. And the more education one has, the less one is 
likely to spend on lottery tickets, assuming one plays at all. 
This inverse correlation is dramatic: Whereas high school 
dropouts who played the lottery spent an average of $700 a 
year, college graduates spent just $178. Small wonder that 
the lottery is sometimes called "the math tax" or, even more 
crassly, "the stupid tax": Well-educated people may play for 
fun, but they rarely invest much in it. 

Particularly cruel ironies are therefore at work when it 
comes to education lotteries. Simply put, a successful educa- 
tion lottery (like any lottery) depends on the meager fruits of 
poor education. In addition, education lotteries compound 
the regressive nature of lottery revenues, because much of 

the proceeds go to programs that disproportionately benefit 
the middle and upper classes. 

The State of Georgia, for instance, operates a widely 
admired lottery that channels revenues to three educational 
causes: pre-kindergarten; technology grants for computer 
purchases and teacher training; and a flagship program of 
scholarships called HOPE (Helping Outstanding Pupils 
Educationally). HOPE offers $3,000 awards to high school 
students with a B average or better for use in paying tuition 
and other expenses at any of Georgia's public colleges, 
universities, or technical schools. After only 16 years, the 
program is so popular that it is seen as an untouchable 
benefit, largely because so many middle-class residents 
are recipients. Lotteries in several other states, including 
South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, and New Mexico, like- 
wise deliver hundreds of millions of dollars to merit-based 

These programs are laudable in that they aid many resi- 
dents of their respective states and encourage the pursuit 
of higher education. Nonetheless, students with the grades 
to qualify for college tend to be either from the middle or 
upper class. Such scholarships succeed mainly in redistrib- 
uting revenue upward. 

If voters and policymakers want to reduce the regressive 
effects of the lottery, they might do so most dramatically 
by increasing the winnings (which currently average some 
60 percent of revenues). This would at least return more 
money to the pockets of the lower-income players who 

More realistically — since net revenue maximization and 
enhancement of the public good are the goals of every state- 
run lottery — the states could assign the proceeds to poverty 
relief and economic development. Public education is a form 
of poverty relief, to be sure, perhaps the most effective form 
we have, but it operates in a generational time frame. More 
immediate relief could be achieved by auagmenting social 
services for the hungry, unemployed, and homeless, and 
through business-development training and loan programs 
tailored to the poor. 

Certainly, lottery revenues help millions of students. But 
direct, broad-based taxes earmarked for education would 
be a more evenhanded means of achieving that end. Just as 
certainly, we should question our tolerance of a mechanism 
that taps the yearnings of poor people in order to pay for 
services that everybody — one hopes — might enjoy. ■ 

Erik C. Owens is the associate director of the Boisi Center for Religion 
and American Public Life at Boston College. His essay is drawn, by per- 
mission of Baylor University Press, from Gambling: Mapping the Ameri- 
can Moral Landscape, which he edited with Alan Wolfe. (©2009, Baylor 
University Press.) The book came out of a conference that took place 
at Boston College in October 2007 and may be ordered at a discount 
from the Boston College Bookstore via 




"Every council is, in some 
way, a transitional council- 
Vatican SS more so than oth- 
ers. Frequently, the council 

bishops were much clearer 
on what they wanted to 
move away from than on 
what they wanted to move 
toward. They knew that the 
traditional "pay, pray, and 
obey' passive understand- 
ing of the laity wasn't going 
to wash anymore. But they 
weren't quite sure which 
way they were going in the 
future. The council didn't 
talk about it a lot. 

The Church today is fac- 
ing pressing questions that 
Vatican IS did not engage. 
The council said almost 
nothing, from our modern 
perspective, about the role 
of women. 

We always are living to 
and from councils, in a way, 
remote preparations for 
Vatican III, or what I hope 
will be Nairobi § or Manila 
1, began in December 1965, 
when Vatican SI ended. Thus 
it has always been." 

— Richard R. Gaillardetz, the Murray/ 
Bacik Professor of Catholic Studies 
at the University of Toledo, in a 
talk entitled "Fulfilling the Unrealized 
Vision of Vatican II, " delivered Octo- 
ber 21, 2009, at the School of Theol- 
ogy and Ministry. The talk may be 
viewed in full via the BCM homepage 

Still life 

By Robert Waldron 
A busy man prays 

TN 1974 AND 1979, HENRI NOUWEN, 
a priest then in his forties, made two 
extended visits, each lasting approxi- 
mately half a year, to the Trappist Abbey 
of Genesee, near Rochester, New York. 
Why a Trappist monastery? One rea- 
son is that Nouwen, though ordained a 
diocesan priest, considered the Trappist 
monk Thomas Merton (author of the 
1 948 Seven Storey Mountain and some 60 
other books, before his death in 1968) his 
spiritual mentor. Proof of a lifelong inter- 
est in Merton and his spiritual thought 
can be seen in many of Nouwen's books, 
including The Genesee Diary (1976), A 
Cry for Mercy: Prayers from the Genesee 
(1981), and Pray to Live: Thomas Merton, 
Contemplative Critic. 

When Nouwen published Pray to Live, 
in 1972, there were few commentaries 
on Merton (quite the opposite now); 
Merton's unexpurgated journals had not 

yet been published, nor had his letters and 
essays. Nouwen turned to Merton because 
he needed guidance in his prayer life, and 
Merton was the modern commentator par 
excellence on prayer, particularly prayer 
in its most difficult and pure form: con- 
templation. On more than one occasion, 
Nouwen said that all Christians are called 
to become contemplatives, by which he 
meant "see-ers, men and women who see 
the coming of God." 

Nouwen felt at midlife that he had 
failed at prayer. He had not offered suffi- 
cient time to his prayer; he had not 
established the intimacy with God that 
he desired. 

Let us take a closer look at Nouwen, as 
he was before his experience of Genesee. 
He was a man who talked too much, 
primarily because as a professor at Yale 
Divinity School he had to instruct and 
advise his students; he also became his 


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The Return of the Prodigal Son, by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn, c. 1668 

image: The Gallery Collection/Corbis 


students' friend, and spent time out of 
class and the office with them. As a priest, 
moreover, he was always responding to 
the myriad of people who sought his spiri- 
tual counsel. Nouwen also had a penchant 
for accepting every invitation to lecture 
that came his way, and there were many. 
He was rarely alone, he was social to a 
fault, and he confessed in his diary that he 
craved approval and fame. 

At Genesee Abbey, immersed in the 
Trappists' life of or a et labora (prayer and 
work), Nouwen slowed down. He spoke 
only when he had to. He followed the 
monks' liturgical hours of vigils, lauds, 
sext, vespers, and compline. Rising at 2:00 
a.m. for vigils was not an easy discipline 
for him. He helped bake bread (and burned 
himself), he washed raisins, he strained to 
move huge stones for the building of the 
abbey chapel. He was not the center of 
attention. And he absorbed by experience 
what he had theoretically gleaned from 
reading Merton: Prayer lies in listening to 
the "still, small voice of God." In order to 
listen, Nouwen had to be silent and still, the 
two hardest lessons for this man. 

One of his main activities was to write 
in his diary, which would become The 
Genesee Diary, published after his first stay 
at the abbey. Robert Frost called writing 
poetry a "clarification of life." Nouwen 
had a similar understanding: "For me 
writing is a very powerful way of concen- 
trating and of clarifying for myself many 
thoughts and feelings. Once I put my pen 
on paper and write for an hour or two, a 
real sense of peace and harmony comes to 
me." What he seems not to have realized 
yet was that his writing was also prayer, 
an act of absolute attention. As the 20th- 
century philosopher Simone Weil wrote, 
"Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer." 

We know from the abbot at Genesee 
that Nouwen gave serious thought to 
entering the monastery permanently, and 
that the abbot counseled Nouwen that he 
was not suited for monastic life but rather 
for an active public one of writing, teach- 
ing, preaching, and spiritual direction. 
Nouwen accepted the evaluation. In fact, 
at Genesee he was graced with an essen- 
tial truth: "To live a spiritual life is to live 
in the presence of God." While reading 
a small 1 7th-century book, The Practice 
of the Presence of God, by the Carmelite 

Brother Lawrence, Nouwen was pierced 
with the insight that to pray, one need not 
be housed in a church or an oratory, that 
we all possess within us an oratory of the 
heart, "wherein to retire from time to time 
to converse with God in meekness, humil- 
ity, and love." Nouwen didn't have to enter 
a monastery to pray: God abides with each 
of us, and we need only turn our attention 
toward him. 

For Nouwen this realization was a tre- 
mendous breakthrough. It resonated with 
his keen awareness of beauty in the world, 
particularly that extension of beauty — 
art — that comes from others. 


ed in his diary a talk delivered by a visit- 
ing priest from St. Bernard's Seminary 
in Rochester. The priest said that to con- 
vince someone of the beauty of the 12 
stained-glass windows created by Marc 
Chagall for the synagogue of the Hadassah 
Hospital in Jerusalem, one had to show 
the windows from inside the synagogue. 
Nouwen was haunted by the idea that 
beauty could lure people into a gathering 
place for God-seekers. 

From youth, Nouwen possessed an 
acute aesthetic sensibility, likely inherited 
from his parents, who, in fact, owned a 
Chagall painting, purchased before the 
artist achieved fame. His writings evi- 
denced a love of literary expression. He 
admired the work of his fellow Dutch 
countryman Vincent van Gogh. Indeed, 
paintings especially seemed to imprint 
themselves upon Nouwen's mind and soul. 
In one of his most popular books, Behold 
the Beauty of the Lord: Praying with Icons, 
published in 1987, Nouwen offered medi- 
tations on four famous Russian paintings: 
the Icon of the Holy Trinity (by Andrew 
Rublev, c. 1425), the Icon of the Virgin of 
Vladimir (by an anonymous 1 2th-century 
Greek), the Icon of the Savior of Zvenigorod 
(by Rublev), and the Icon of the Descent of 
the Holy Spirit ( 1 5th century, in the man- 
ner of the Novgorod School). 

These icons inspired Nouwen to pray. 
At first, he fixed his attention upon the 
image. Because the images are beauti- 
ful, Nouwen needed no prodding to pay 
attention. He absorbed their beauty and 
artistry. The images then gradually spoke 
to his heart. Initially, the experience was 

aesthetic, but he then realized the source 
of the icons' beauty: God. Nouwen writes, 
"An icon is like a window looking out 
upon eternity." 

Notice the journey: First, there is an 
image to focus upon; second, the image 
speaks to the viewer; third, the image leads 
to meditation, as gazing upon the image 
becomes prayer. In the next stage, still 
beyond Nouwen's reach, meditation will 
inexplicably move into contemplation — 
imageless prayer. 

Contemplation is the form of prayer 
that many people find most difficult — not 
only to understand but also to do. Most 
Christians prefer verbal prayer: reading 
the psalms, reciting the rosary, saying 
the Our Father and other prayers of the 
Mass. Meditation entails thinking and 
visualization, and many people approach 
it with a phrase from a prayer book or the 
Bible in mind. The intellect cannot help 
contemplation, however; in fact, during 
contemplation, it is temporarily absent. 
Contemplation is nearly ineffable, but the 
personal encounters recalled by Nouwen 
surrounding Rembrandt's painting The 
Return of the Prodigal Son will help to shed 
light on the experience. 

If The Genesee Diary, so utterly candid 
and revealing, is considered Nouwen's 
breakthrough book, then his The Return of 
the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming, 
published in 1 992, four years before his 
death, is likely his masterpiece, because it 
eloquently reveals how far he came as a 

The story begins in 1 983, when 
Nouwen was visiting L'Arche, a com- 
munity for the handicapped, in Trosly, 
France. While conversing with a friend, 
his gaze happened to fall upon a large 
poster of Rembrandt's The Return of the 
Prodigal Son. At the time, Nouwen had 
just returned from a grueling six-week 
lecturing tour through the United States. 
He writes, 

My heart leapt when I saw it. After my 
long self-exposing journey, the tender 
embrace of father and son expressed 
everything I desired at that moment. 
I was, indeed, the son exhausted from 
long travels; I wanted to be embraced; 
I was looking for a home where I could 
feel safe. The son-come-home was all 
I was and all that f wanted to be. For 



so long I had been going from place to 
place: confronting, beseeching, admon- 
ishing, and consoling. Now I desired 
only to rest satelv in a place where I 
could feel a sense of belonging, a place 
where I could feel at home. 

One cannot find a more beautiful 
"home" than Rembrandt's circa 1668 cre- 
ation: Its admixture of light and shadow, 
with shadow more abundant than light, 
is inviting, and draws the viewer into the 
narrative and its mystery. Nouwen was 
hooked, calling to mind Simone Weil's 
assertion that beauty is God's snare to lure 
us to him. Nouwen writes of the moment, 
"I kept staring at the poster and finally 
stuttered [to his friend], 'It's beautiful, 
more than beautiful ... it makes me want 
to cry and laugh at the same time ... I can't 
tell vou what I feel as I look at it, but it 
touches me deeply.'" 

The image surely held intense meaning 
for Rembrandt, too. He was approaching 
the end of his life when he created it. He 
had lost his possessions to bankruptcy and 
most of his family to death, including his 
beloved son, Titus. 

Nouwen didn't realize at the time how 
profoundly this painting would change his 
life. After a while, having only the poster 
proved insufficient to him; he had to see 
for himself the original, housed in the 
Hermitage Museum in Russia. Traveling 
to Saint Petersburg, Nouwen received 
permission from the curator to gaze alone 
for four hours upon the painting, a most 
unusual accommodation — such is the fruit 
of fame. 

What did Nouwen behold there in 
Rembrandt's shadows? We can never 
know. What we do know is that the paint- 
ing before which he sat opened him to the 
mystery of his life and more importantly 
to the sublimity of God's love and com- 

Let us consider Nouwen's account 
of the experience. He's in a room at the 
Hermitage; he's sitting in a chair, gazing 
upon Rembrandt's painting. He writes, 

The painting was exposed in the most 
favorable way, on a wall that received 
plenty of natural light through a large 
nearby window at an 80-degree angle. 
Sitting there, I realized that the light 
became fuller and more intense as the 

afternoon progressed. At four o'clock 
the sun covered the painting with a new 
brightness, and the background fig- 
ures — which had remained quite vague 
in the early hours — seemed to step out 
of their dark corners. As the evening 
drew near, the sunlight grew more crisp 
and tingling. The embrace of the lather 
and son became stronger and deeper, 
and the bystanders participated more 
directly in this mysterious event of rec- 
onciliation, forgiveness, and inner heal- 
ing. Gradually I realized that there were 
as many paintings of the Prodigal Son as 
there were changes in the light, and, for 
a long time, I was held spellbound by the 
gracious dance of nature and art. 

The first line of the next paragraph is 
telling: "Without my realizing it, more 
than two hours had gone by when Alexei 
[the guard] reappeared." The contempla- 
tive experience is a timeless moment. 
William James in his The Varieties of 
Religious Experience, published in 1 902, 
offers four characteristics of the mystical 
experience: ineffability; a "noetic qual- 
ity" (that is, a certain state of knowledge); 
transiency; and passivity. These apply as 
well to the contemplative experience. For 
the contemplative, time flies. Or rather, it 
comes to a stop. 

To be lost in beauty, in the beauty cre- 
ated by a man inspired by Christ's parable 
and in the beauty of Christ's words, was 
a transcendent experience for Nouwen. 
He was with God Alone, not in any geo- 
graphical place, but within his soul where 
God abides, at what Merton (borrowing 
from a student of Islam, Louis Massignon, 
who borrowed it from the Sufis) called the 
pointe vierge. Merton writes in Conjectures 
of a Guilty Bystander (1966), "At the 
center of our being is a point of nothing- 
ness which is untouched by sin and by 
illusion, a point of pure truth, a point or 
spark which belongs entirely to God . . . 
This little point ... is the pure glory of 
God in us." 

We can be thankful to Henri Nouwen 
for offering us beauty through his words 
and insights, and to Rembrandt for offer- 
ing us art. ■ 

Lecturer and retreat director Robert Waldron 
is the author of 14 books, including a just- 
published novella, The Secret Dublin Diary of 
Gerard Manley Hopkins (2010). His essay is 
drawn from a talk he gave on October 15 in 
Gasson Hall as part of the Church in the 21st 
Century Center's "Art of Believing" series. 
The talk may be viewed in full via the BCAA 
homepage at 

Viewers' choice 

The most popular C21 webcasts of 2009: 

1. A more Evangelical Catholicism? Mark Massa, SJ (February 12, 2009) 

2. Meeting Jesus Christ in the Search for Peace. Padraig O'Malley (April 30, 2009) 

3. Monastic Spiritual Practices Living in the 21st Century. Abbot Jamison (February 
23, 2009) 

4. The Jewishness of Jesus. Daniel Harrington, SJ (September 24, 2008) 

5. Working for Justice/Handing on the Faith. Edwina Gateley (December 14, 2005) 

6. Adoration of the Eucharist Today. John Baldovin, SJ (March 12, 2009) 

7. What Can Happen on an Ignatian Retreat? James Carr, SJ, Ann Fowler, Gail 
O'Donnell, RSCJ, and Richard Stanley, SJ (April 14, 2009) 

8. Christian Spiritual Practices. Colleen Griffith (February 14, 2009) 

9. Envisioning the Church Women Want. Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz (April 16, 2004) 

10. Mass Appeal. Kerry Cronin (November 7, 2006) 

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51 Prior knowledge 

A professor's brief to the 
Supreme Court 

53 An educated lady 

In the 15th century, men read 
Christine de Pizan 

56 Buffer zone 

The words between us 

57 'Conceptual anarchy' 

A cento in six verses 





This early 14th-century, 19.5-inch-tall Japanese bodhisattva (enlightened being), made 
of cypress and adorned with pigment, gold powder, and gold leaf, is one of 56 pieces of 
ceramic, stone, or metal exhibited in Asian Journeys: Collecting Art in Post-war America, on 
display from February 6 to June 6. The show, which explores the political and historical 
forces affecting Asian art collecting after World War II, comprises pieces from the sixth to 
the early 19th century and was assembled from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, III, 
collection at the Asia Society Museum of New York, where it was first on view. 



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sculpture: Asia Society, New York: Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, III, Collection, 1979.205 

Uighur detainees at Guantanamo Bay protesting their limbo status before reporters on June 1 , 2009 


A professor's brief to the Supreme Court 


ethnic Uighurs, seized along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and held in U.S. military detention at Guantanamo Bay since mid- 
2002, should be released into the United States. The Court will also consider an amici curiae brief prepared in support of these men 
by law professor Daniel Kanstroom, with assistance from seven Boston College law students. 

The case is famal Kiyemba, et al. v. Barack H. Obama, President of the United States, et al. (Kiyemba, a detainee who stood in for the 
Uighurs in the initial petition, has since been returned to his Ugandan birthplace.) The U.S. government no longer purports that the 
Uighurs, natives of far-western China, are "enemy combatants." If repatriated, the men surely face persecution; yet no other country 
will take them. And so the question put to the Court by the Uighurs' lawyers is this: Can a federal court require that these individuals 
be admitted to the United States, given that this action offers "the only possible effective remedy" to indefinite detention? 

Kanstroom directs the law school's International Human Rights Program, and the brief he wrote (with Washington lawyer 
Theodore D. Frank) is signed by 67 immigration and constitutional law professors across the country. The brief focuses in large 
part on an immigration case adjudicated by the Supreme Court in 1 953, ShaiiQluiessy v. United States ex rel. Mezei, upon which, writes 
Kanstroom, "the government relies heavily" in the Uighur case. The following text is drawn and adapted from the amici brief. 


[Ignatz] Mezei was born in Gibraltar of "uncertain parentage." 
He came to the United States in 1923 and lived in New York until 

1948. That year, he left the United States voluntarily to visit his 
mother in Romania. He spent 19 months in Hungary, and then 
obtained a quota immigrant visa and made his way by ship to the 

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United States. Mezei arrived at Ellis Island in February 1950, pre- 
senting himself as a new immigrant. [Based on national security 
provisions dating back to the Second World War, he was exclud- 
ed.] At that point, Mezei attempted to leave the United States. He 
twice tried to return to Europe, but France and Great Britain both 
refused him permission to land. The State Department could not 
negotiate his admission to Hungary so he remained on Ellis Island. 
Mezei brought a petition for writ of habeas corpus. When the gov- 
ernment refused to disclose its confidential information in camera 
to the court, the court ordered Mezei released on bond. The court 
of appeals affirmed. 

The government then sought Supreme Court review, present- 
ing the case against the backdrop of the Cold War as one that 
threatened our nation's ability to control its borders when non- 
citizens arrive voluntarily, seeking admission. The government 
wrote in its petition: 

Under [the court of appeals'] holding, therefore, any excludable 
alien who manages to get to our shores may nevertheless obtain 
most of the benefits ot the entry, if, for some reason, the country 
from which he comes refuses to take him back and no other coun- 
try is willing to take him. 

The government went on to argue that allowing Mezei entry 
presented national security concerns: "The decision . . . provides 
a ready tool for espionage. A hostile power could be certain of 
getting an agent into the United States by the simple expedient of 
sending him here and refusing to take him back." 

In its merits brief, the government described Mezei's act of 
coming ashore as being "granted a haven on Ellis Island" . . . while 
his claim to enter the country was adjudicated. And "[i]f this situ- 
ation be considered a hardship, it is a result of the current inter- 
national situation and does not itself call for extraordinary relief." 
Thus, as the government presented the case, two features stand 
out: First, Mezei came to the border on his own volition and was 
allowed to disembark on Ellis Island for his own benefit; the U.S. 
government was not responsible for his unfortunate situation. 
Second, according to the government, releasing Mezei into the 
United States would have undermined national security. The main 
concern was to protect our country from hostile nations trying to 
ship their citizens to us and compelling their entry. 

This Court accepted that characterization of the case, over 
strenuous dissents from Justices Black, Frankfurter, Jackson, and 
Douglas. The Court held that Mezei was properly excluded and 
held without a hearing under the [wartime provisions]. The major- 
ity viewed Mezei's time on Ellis Island as an unfortunate conse- 
quence of the decision to exclude him. His "temporary harborage" 
on EUis Island was seen as "an act of . . . grace" that bestowed no 
additional rights. Further, the Court held that "to admit an alien 
barred from entry on security grounds nullifies the very purpose 
of the exclusion proceeding." 

In reaching those conclusions, the Court treated the matter as 
primarily a question of immigration law: 

[Mezei] was temporarily excluded from the United States by an 
immigration inspector acting pursuant to the Passport Act as 
amended and regulations thereunder. 


Henry Hart [of Harvard] called the proposition that due process 
for aliens denied entry was whatever Congress had provided 
"patently preposterous." The decision, he wrote, "trivialize [d] the 
great guarantees of due process," to reach "brutal conclusions." 
Such scholarly critique has continued to the present. 

Mezei also provoked considerable public outcry. Editorials 
condemned the decision. Two private bills were introduced 
in Congress on Mezei's behalf. Attorney General [Herbert] 
Brownell eventually agreed to grant Mezei an exclusion hearing 
before a Board of Special Inquiry. The board found that Mezei 
was excludable because in 1935 he had received several bags 
of stolen flour and pleaded guilty to petty larceny, which was a 
crime of moral turpitude. But the real reason why the govern- 
ment wanted to exclude him was that Mezei had been affiliated 
with a lodge of the International Workers Order, which had been 
listed as a communist organization. Yet after the board heard the 
evidence about Mezei's activities, it found that he played no more 
than a minor role in the Communist Party, such as attending 
meetings and demonstrations and distributing literature. On the 
basis of the board's off-the-record recommendation, the attorney 
general paroled Mezei into the United States, where he lived for 
many years. 


invokes the so-called "plenary power doctrine" of immigration 
law, pursuant to which the power of the political branches to 
exclude aliens has been said to be "a fundamental sovereign attri- 
bute exercised by the Government's political departments largely 
immune from judicial control." (Mezei, 210) 

Since it was first articulated [in Chae Chan Ping v. United States 
(1889), also known as the Chinese Exclusion Case], the plenary 
power doctrine has proven controversial, generating strong dis- 
sents and significant limitations. See, e.g., Fong Yue Ting v. United 
States (1893), [in which] Justice Brewer, dissenting, asked, "Where 
are the limits to such powers to be found, and by whom are they to 
be pronounced? Is it within legislative capacity to declare the lim- 
its? If so, then the mere assertion of an inherent power creates it, 
and despotism exists." The notion that Congress has plenary power 
over the treatment of noncitizens was questioned by the Court in 
Wong Wing v. United States (1896), when it struck down a law that 
authorized the imprisonment at hard labor of any Chinese citizen 
judged to be in the United States illegally. The statute provided no 
right to a judicial trial. The Court held that, even though detention 
or temporary confinement was permissible "as part of the means 
necessary to give effect to the provisions for the exclusion or expul- 
sion of aliens," Congress may not, even by invoking plenary power, 
subject noncitizens to "infamous punishment at hard labor, or by 
confiscating their property," without a judicial trial. Concurring in 
Wong Wing, Justice Field, the author of the Court's opinion in the 
Chinese Exclusion Case, put the matter as follows: 

The term "person," used in the Fifth Amendment, is broad enough 
to include any and every human being within the jurisdiction of the 
republic. . . . This has been decided so often that the point does not 
require argument. 


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the immigration process, it raises basic constitutional issues when- 
ever and against whomever it is used. See, e.g., Kansas v. Hendricks 
(1997): "A finding of dangerousness, standing alone, is ordinarily 
not a sufficient ground upon which to justify indefinite involuntary 
commitment. . . ." [Also] Foncha v. Louisiana (1992): "Due process 
requires that the nature of commitment bear some reasonable 
relation to the purpose for which the individual is committed." 
[And] United Statesv. Salerno (1987): A "general rule" of substan- 
tive due process is that the government may not detain a person 
prior to a judgment of guilt in a criminal trial. [And] Addington v. 
Texas (1979): "Civil commitment for any purpose constitutes a 
significant deprivation of liberty that requires due process protec- 
tion." [And] Jackson v. Indiana ( 1972): An individual held as unfit to 
stand trial cannot be committed for more than a reasonable period 
necessary to determine whether he will become competent in the 
foreseeable future. 

As this Court recently noted [in Zadvydas v. Davis (2001)], it 
has "upheld preventive detention based on dangerousness only 
when . . . subject to strong procedural protections," including, 
"proof of dangerousness by clear and convincing evidence, and the 
presence of judicial safeguards." 

Properly understood, Mezei only holds that aliens who vol- 
untarily seek, and are denied, "admission" to the United States 
under our immigration laws may be denied entry if no other 
country is willing to accept them. But the case does not stand for 

the proposition that aliens who are forced into the custody of the 
United States against their will, and whose detention has been 
found unlawful, cannot ever be granted release from detention 
in the United States, subject to appropriate safeguards. Nor does 
Mezei, which addressed very specific national security concerns, 
establish that prolonged detention is always a permissible adjunct 
to exclusion. The plenary power doctrine, in sum, has never been 
applied to the issue presented by this case: the constitutionality of 
executive detention of noncitizens on territory controlled by the 
United States apparently without time limit. A holding that the 
Executive has that power is difficult to reconcile with the deepest 
and best constitutional traditions of our nation. As James Madison 
once noted, "[even if] aliens are not parties to the Constitution, it 
does not follow that the Constitution has vested in Congress an 
absolute power over them. . . ." 


This Court's decision in Mezei, when properly read in light of 
history and the Court's subsequent jurisprudence, poses no mean- 
ingful barrier to Petitioners' release from detention in the United 
States. ■ 

The second-year law students who assisted in preparing the brief are 
Asher Alavi, Diana Chang, Philip Cheng '07, Daniel Ko, Nicole AAoniz, 
Lisa Owens, and Jennifer Yeung. The brief may be read in full via the 
BCM homepage, 


By Sarah Gwyneth Ross 

In the 15th century, men read Christine de Pizan 

J- 1 


philosopher, did not believe that women were worth less by 
knowing science; rather, as you know, he took great pleasure from 
seeing your inclination to learning." So Christine de Pizan, the 
first European woman known to have made her living by writing, 
reassured herself in La cite des dames, or Book of the City of Ladies, 
a 1405 work that catalogued female accomplishment and argued 
that women should have access to the kind of education she had 
enjoyed. Considered by many to be the inaugural text in the field 
now known as women's studies, the book helped establish de Pizan 
as one of the most popular authors of her day. 

By her own account, Christine de Pizan became a professional 
writer through an accident of necessity, although her good fortune 
in being born to a forward-thinking, well-connected father played 
no small part. She was the eldest child of Tomas de Pizan — a 
physician, a professor of astrology at the University of Bologna, 

a medical counselor in Venice (where, around 1365, Christine was 
born), and, from about 1368 to 1380, the personal physician and 
astrologer to the French King Charles V. 

Married at 1 5 to Etienne du Castel, one of the king's secretar- 
ies, and widowed some 10 years later, Christine turned to writing 
to support herself, her three children, and her mother. The body 
of work that resulted is remarkable for its depth and breadth: As 
well as an historian of women and an early voice in the querelle des 
femmes, the emerging "debate on women," she was a poet, a moral 
philosopher, an autobiographical chronicler, a devotional writer, 
and a political counselor. 

Christine was not a humanist, strictly speaking, but she used 
classical antiquity, together with the state of relationships in her 
own family, as tools for understanding her place in history. In City 
of Ladies, she cast herself as a philosopher oppressed by adver- 
sity, to whom a celestial interlocutor — Lady Philosophy — appears. 



From a compendium of Christine de Pizan's works commissioned in 1413, produced by her scriptorium in Paris 

Dispirited that so many classical and early Christian sources, not to 
mention male contemporaries, believed educating a woman made 
her a domestic liability, Christine is reminded by Lady Philosophy 
that this is not the view of all men, and certainly not of the wisest. 
The most immediate such wise man was, to be sure, Tomas; how- 
ever, Lady Philosophy/Christine evokes two additional figures. 
The first is the ancient Roman orator Quintus Hortensius, who, 
she tells us, 

had a daughter, named Hortensia, whom he greatly loved for the 
subtlety of her wit. He had her study letters and the science of 
rhetoric, which she mastered so thoroughly that she resembled 
her father, Hortensius, not only in wit and lively memory but also 
in her excellent delivery and order of speech. . . . During the time 
when Rome was governed by three men, this Hortensia began to 
support the cause of women and to undertake what no man dared 
to undertake. There was a question whether certain taxes should 
be levied on women and on their jewelry during a needy period in 
Rome. [Hortensia thought women had been targeted, and without 

a voice.] This woman's eloquence was so compelling that she was 
listened to, no less readily than her father would have been, and 
she won her case. 

She then cites an example geographically and chronologically 
closer to home: 

Giovanni Andrea, a solemn law professor in Bologna not quite 60 
years ago, was not of the opinion that it was bad for women to be 
educated. He had a fair and good daughter, named Novella, who 
was educated in the law to such an advanced degree that when he 
was occupied by some task and not at leisure to present his lectures 
to his students, he would send Novella, his daughter, in his place to 
lecture to the students from his chair. And to prevent her beauty 
from distracting the concentration of her audience, she had a little 
curtain drawn in front of her. In this manner she could on occasion 
supplement and lighten her father's occupation. 

Late-medieval conduct literature was far from silent on the issue 
of noblewomen's education, with one of the most influential texts, 



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photograph: (c)The British Library Board. Harley 4431, f.259v. 

the Livre dn Chevalier de la Tour Landry, or Book of the Knight of the 
Tower (1371-72), also professing a father-daughter theme. Here, 
though, literacy was desirable only in the service of chastity: The 
knight teaches his daughters to read so that they can better dis- 
tinguish good from evil and avoid sexual transgression. He has no 
interest in teaching them to write, that skill presumably being irrel- 
evant to safeguarding their virtue. Christine's conception of edu- 
cation for women was broader, and strikingly more progressive: 
Her principal argument was that women have the same aptitudes 
as men, and thus the right to the same education. In this assertion, 
as the University of Notre Dame medievalist Astrik Gabriel has 
pointed out, she was following "her own father's advanced ideas." 
Charles V's library was among the best of the age, including 
numerous commissioned works and translations from Roman and 
Greek authors. Tomas intended his daughter, no less than his two 
sons, to benefit from this literary largesse — not just to shape her 
moral character, but to carry forward the de Pizan intellectual leg- 
acy. His sons might have seemed more obvious choices, but little is 
known of their pursuits. The death of Charles V, in 1380, followed 
by Tomas's death, between 1385 and 1389, apparently diminished 
the young men's position in Paris and forced them to return to 

Christine conceived of her family as an academic 
nucleus, with the household as school, her father as 
tutor, her mother as the countervailing force of custom 
and herself as intellectual heir, author, and mother. 

Bologna. Whether Christine was educated literally alongside her 
brothers has not been established, although many scholars believe 
she was. Certainly, her writings contain no animus about any dif- 
ferences in the intellectual inheritance of the siblings. 

Nor does she seem to have viewed her early marriage as a hin- 
drance to her educational progress. Lamenting her widowhood in 
the autobiographical Lavision-Christine (1402), she regrets above 
all the loss of intellectual companionship with her husband, as well 
as with her father. The impediment she does cite is not a man at all, 
but rather her mother. Lady Philosophy, who also figures in this 
text, reminds Christine that an honorable and pious mother is one 
of life's blessings. And indeed, in matters of morality, Christine's 
mother is exemplary, her influence benign. But in matters of 
the mind, her mother represents entrenched practice. Christine 
observes that her mother was "the major obstacle to [her] being 
more involved in the sciences," wanting Christine to keep "busy 
with spinning and silly girlishness, following the common custom 

Being a mother herself, however, was crucial to Christine's lit- 
erary presentation. Her two children to survive infancy — a daugh- 
ter whose name is unknown, and a son named Jean du Castel— 
both appear in Lavision. Christine suggests that she stepped into 
her father's role, ensuring an extensive education for her children 
without regard to gender. In practice, however, Jean received the 

bulk of her attention. Christine refers to her daughter's good sense 
and implies that she engaged with the family's literary heritage to 
some extent — Lady Philosophy praises the young woman's "life 
of contemplation and devotion" and her "sweet and pious letters, 
wise and full of understanding." But it is Jean who embodies his 
mother's aspirations and successes, having, as Lady Philosophy 
says, "mastered [the] most important branches of knowledge — not 
one other can be found who is more naturally apt than he is in 
grammar, rhetoric, or poetic diction." 

Christine explicitly links her son's early career to her literary 
fortunes, securing — or attempting to secure — positions for him 
with patrons who were her supporters too. She notes that his first 
patron, the Earl of Salisbury, offered him a place at court after 
becoming an admirer of her work. After Salisbury's death — the 
earl was beheaded for his loyalty to the deposed King Richard 
II — Christine tried to situate Jean with Louis, Duke of Orleans, a 
man known for his artistic patronage. Writing to Louis in about 
1400, she speaks of her creative and biological "offspring" almost 
as if they were inseparable, offering her verses and her son as 
simultaneous gifts (the duke declined, however, to take the boy 
in). Jean eventually obtained a place with Philip the Bold, Duke 

of Burgundy, quite possibly as the 
fruit of a similar strategy; soon there- 
after Philip commissioned Christine 
to write the life of his brother, the 
deceased Charles V. 

Christine de Pizan was able to pur- 
sue an independent literary career, and 
use that career to further her son's, 
because of the training she received 
within her family — because of her 
father's educational influence and con- 
nections. She conceived of that family as an academic nucleus, 
with the household as school, her father as tutor, her mother as 
the countervailing force of custom, and herself as intellectual heir, 
author, and mother. Her example challenges a long-standing schol- 
arly argument that the early-modern learned woman had to func- 
tion as a kind of secular nun. Although Christine did not remarry, 
her ties to her son and her ability to extend her patronage to him 
kept her role as a mother — a family woman — in the foreground. 

In all of this, Christine considered her gender an asset. She 
describes offering literary gifts "as novelties" to noblemen who 
received them gratefully, an outcome she attributes, in a bit of a 
rhetorical ploy, "not to the dignity of [her] works, but rather to 
the fact these had been written by a woman — something that had 
not been done in quite some time." Yet it is hardly the case that she 
was read mainly for novelty value. Her unusual status may have 
been one element of her success, but skill — nurtured and framed 
by intellectual kinship — was the deciding factor. ■ 

Sarah Gwyneth Ross is an assistant professor of history at Boston 
College. Her essay is excerpted from The Birth of Feminism: Woman as 
Intellect in Renaissance Italy and England published in October 2009 by 
Harvard University Press. Copyright © 2009 by the President and Fel- 
lows of Harvard College. All rights reserved. The book may be ordered 
at a discount from the Boston College Bookstore via 




By Mary Joe Hughes 

The words between us 

semester, my husband of nearly 40 years died — suddenly, 
without warning. In the days and weeks that followed, countless 
friends sent messages, many containing the observation that words 
could not express what they wished to say, or what they imagined 
I was feeling. That was true. Grief, as a former student wrote, is 
at once completely universal and intensely private, a world of the 
unsayable. I began to wonder what, if anything, bridges that gap 
between the soul's profound solitude 
and the human community? 

The simple answer is words, and the 
language and arts they create. Despite 
their frequent stammering ineptitude, 
they have the power to span the abyss. 
Words form the foundation of human 

Some of the grimmest or most 
off-the-wall things people said to me 
after my husband's death helped me 
the most. One friend recalled for me 
a poem in which the poet recounted 
coming across a photograph of his 
dead wife when least expecting it. He 
described the experience as like sud- 
denly coming upon a severed hand. 
What a wrenching image and, more- 
over, what a devastating thing for a 
friend to share. Yet its very brutality 

was strangely comforting, and months later, I cannot get it out of 
my mind. This poet, whose name I do not even know, must have 
experienced some particle of what I feel; a severed hand reaches 
across the distance between us and keeps me feeling part of the 
human family. 

How is it that something a person says or writes can be com- 
pletely disjunctive, or hilariously out of left field, or freighted 
with untranslatable meaning, and still strike a chord in the soul 
of another? Maybe language is a sort of treacherous threshold 
that connects different realities. The history of literature is filled 
with imperfect or failed attempts at crossing that threshold. Yet 
these efforts illustrate how language, even when it seems to miss 
the mark, can nonetheless expand meaning and bring us closer 

Hamlet, a play in which language plays a starring role, is a prime 
example. Words are a kind of veil at Elsinore, shrouding thoughts 
or misleading people. They cause confusion. They deflect suspi- 
cion. Hamlet pretends to be mad in order to seek the truth. He 
devises a play to find out whether the king killed his father. It is 
not truth that catches the culprit; it's a form of trickery that holds, 

Hughes, delivering her "last lecture 

as Hamlet puts it, a mirror up to nature. In the graveyard scene, 
Hamlet asks the gravedigger whose grave he is digging, and the 
gravedigger responds, "Mine, Sir." The gravedigger's claim to the 
grave, which in truth was dug for Ophelia, is a cunning deception 
that makes us realize that the gravedigger is, in one true sense, dig- 
ging his own grave, and that we, by extension, are steadily doing 
likewise. Through a tragicomic miscommunication we find our- 
selves in communion with all humanity. The play's double enten- 

dres, its ambiguities, both obscure and 
expand meaning, ironically revealing 
hidden realities. 
- Another work that considers the 
inadequacies of language is Virginia 
Woolfs 1927 novel To the Lighthouse. 
Woolf explores the problem of com- 
munication — how to reconcile what 
cannot be put into words with the 
desire to say something — through the 
character of Lily Briscoe, a guest of 
the Ramsay family and a painter who 
struggles to communicate in her art 
the essence of what she sees. "What 
was the spirit in her?" Lily wonders 
as she tries to capture the beloved 
matriarch, Mrs. Ramsay. Lily was not 
attempting to paint Mrs. Ramsay's 
outward form but her inner being. 
Such a task, however, is nearly always, 
in the words of T.S. Eliot, "a raid on the inarticulate/ With shabby 
equipment always deteriorating/ In the general mess of impreci- 
sion of feeling." 

Woolf makes this point explicitly in the novel after Mrs. 
Ramsay has died, and 10 years have passed. Lily continues to 
struggle with her memory of Mrs. Ramsay and her need to say 
something about it. But "words fluttered sideways and struck the 
object inches too low." 

Words flutter sideways. We cannot overcome the absolute 
incapacity of language to plumb the depths of one's experience. 
And yet the novel does at least express that inaccessibility. With 
all its limitations, language abides as connective tissue, bringing us 
together, offering some understanding of the other. 

Perhaps we should consider all forms of language as what the 
psychoanalytic thinker D. W. Winnicott called transitional objects, 
the term he used to describe the infant's first "not-me posses- 
sion" — the favored blanket or teddy bear. Such an object forms 
an essential link between child and world. The child does not see 
this teddy bear as part of him- or herself, nor does the toy belong 
fully, in the child's mind, to external reality. It is neither outside 



WINTER 2010 

photograph: Courtesy of The Heights 

the infant's control like the loved caregiver, nor under full con- 
trol, like something whollv imaginary. This is the domain of the 
illusorv, existing somewhere between the subjective and objective 
worlds, buffering the infant's journey from one to the other. This 
intermediate area. Winnicott wrote, constitutes the germ of the 
arts and religion. 

We might consider the creations of language, and by exten- 
sion the fruits of all the arts, as transitional objects. They emerge 
from an in-between space between subjectivity and objectivity, 

self and other. Forged by the bonds of love and need that bind 
people together, they prompt even the youngest among us to acts 
of imagination and creativity that reach across the gulf between 
solitary souls. ■ 

Mary Joe Hughes is an adjunct professor in the Arts and Sciences Hon- 
ors Program. This essay is adapted from a talk she gave on December 
9, 2009, as part of the Last Lecture series organized by the student 
group Americans for an Informed Democracy at Boston College. 

'Conceptual anarchy' — a cento in six verses 

By Boston College students 

Between October 21 and November 9, students at Boston College painted graffiti on a mock Berlin Wall 12 feet high, 40 feet long, 
and nearly a foot thick that was created under the direction of fine arts instructor Marc Cooper and sponsored by the University's 
Institute for Liberal Arts, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. A cento is a poem made 
up of pieces of other poems, and this one, title included, is drawn from the students' messages. 


We've got to do something 



Lock and load your gun 

Say cheese 


Love strangers 


There is no certainty without doubt 

Some of us are looking at the stars 


In the end my friend 

we will be together again 

You and me together 

Life is good 

You're a sweet, sweet boy 

What separates us? 


Women's rights, human rights 

I'm alright if you're alright 

Be the change you want to see 

We are all one 

We all came from a woman 

We are all immigrants 


Sic transit Gloria 

Amor vincit omnia 

Who will guard the words? 

Do not be afraid 

le Coeur I'essentiel 

est invisible pour les yeuxs 

I believe I can fly 

Am I dreaming? 


The Ulster Wall 

All things lead to happiness 

There is no spoon 

How can I sing? 

You may say I'm a dreamer 


All you need is love 

One love 

All you need is love 

I bleed love 

Love is all you need 

Love is eternal 

Love will come 

WINTER 2010 * BCM 



News & Notes 

Real Estate Symposium 
Hits Home 

Joseph E. Corcoran '59, H'09, P'85, '86, '87, '98, chair 
emeritus of The Real Estate Council of Boston College 

(TREC), shared insights with Karlantoine Balan '06 at the 
council's annual luncheon and symposium on December 10. 
Nearly 300 alumni and parents attended the campus event, 
which featured discussions by industry leaders on "The Real 
Estate Market One Year Later." For more on TREC program- 
ming, visit 

Return to the Heights 

More than 5,000 alumni made their way to 
campus last year, and Reunion Weekend 2010 
promises to be even bigger. To be held June 
4-6, reunion offers alumni the perfect chance 
to get back in touch with old friends and to 
make new ones. The festivities kick off with 
the Alumni Association's lobster bake on Fri- 
day evening and continue with a 5K road race 
on Saturday morning. Alumni will then meet 
on the Campus Green for a family-friendly bar- 
beque, and they can also participate in special 
affinity group gatherings that afternoon. Class 
parties will be held on Saturday night and, on 
Sunday, alumni are invited to attend a private 
tour and lunch at Gillette Stadium, home of 
the New England Patriots. For more informa- 
tion on reunion events and to get involved, 

Time to Rejoice 

Alumni are encouraged to come back to 
campus for Laetare Sunday on March 14. BC's 
annual celebration marks the midpoint of the 
Lenten season and is highlighted by a Mass 
presided over by University President William 
P. Leahy, S.J. Brunch, with seating by graduat- 

ing class and graduate school affiliation, 
will follow and feature guest speaker Patrick 
Rombalski, vice president for student affairs. 
To reserve your place at this BC tradition, visit 

Local Insight 

The Wall Street Council held its first Boston- 
based Market Perspectives Series event on 
December 2. More than 200 alumni and parents 
attended the panel discussion, which addressed 
new ways of preparing for retirement and fea- 
tured prominent leaders in the field, among them 
Cynthia L. Egan '78, president of Retirement 
Plan Services at T Rowe Price, and Robert L. 
Reynolds, president and CEO of Putnam 
Investments. "The BC alumni community in 
Boston is filled with successful professionals 
in financial services, and the event enabled 
them to share in this exceptional series," says 
council board member Stephen Prostano '79, 
P'09, '12, who helped organize the session. 
"The event provided an excellent opportunity 
for alumni to network and to receive expert 
advice on a topic that is important to all of 
us." For information on upcoming council 
events, includingthe annual tribute dinner on 
Thursday, April 22, visit 

Never Stop Learning 

The Alumni Education Program provides 
graduates with a chance to quench their 
thirst for knowledge on a wide range of 
topics: career development, real estate, retire- 
ment planning, parenting, business develop- 
ment, spirituality, and more. Seminars are 
led by experts in each field and are excellent 
opportunities to reconnect with fellow alumni 
and to learn in a friendly, relaxed setting. 
View the latest programming at 
alumnied or e-mail Jean Chisser, MA'91, 
associate director of alumni special services, 
with suggestions for future seminars at 

Service Centered 

Spring is a time of renewal, and every year BC 
alumni nationwide play an important role in 
this process through the Alumni National Day 
of Service. The fifth annual event will take 
place on Saturday, April 17, and will provide an 
opportunity for all BC graduates to reconnect 
and to make a difference in their local cities 
and towns. Alumni from 3? regions and chap- 
ters participated last year and worked on 38 
separate endeavors, taking part in building 



projects, cleaning parks and churches, and 
assisting the elderly and underprivileged. 
Join in and discover your chapter's plans at 

Naming Rights 

It's time for BC graduates to nominate their 
own for the 2010 Alumni Awards. The annual 
awards recognize alumni who've made 
outstanding contributions to the University, 
to their profession, and to society, and one 
graduate will earn the William V. McKenney 
Award, the highest honor bestowed by the 
Alumni Association. "Every year, we're incred- 
ibly inspired and encouraged by the many 
nominations we receive," says Awards Com- 
mittee Chairperson Cynthia Bigelow '82. "It's 
uplifting to know so many BC graduates are 
making positive contributions in communi- 
ties around the world. I urge alumni to be part 
of this tradition of honoring their accomplish- 
ments and to nominate someone special." 
Nominations are accepted through April 1 

Students Welcome 

BC graduates might see some new faces at 

their next alumni event. The recently estab- 

shed Student-Alumni Ambassador Program 

gives current students the opportunity to join 
alumni gatherings and to interact with those 
attending. The goal is to create greater bonds 

Living the 

Alumni and guests are invited to 
attend the daylong conference 
Living the Journey: Spirituality for 
the Second Half of Life on Saturday, 
April 10. AARP President Jennie 
Chin Hansen '70, H'08, will provide 
one of three keynote addresses, and 
the conference will also feature eight 
breakout sessions that will explore 
topics such as emotional well-being, 
conscious aging, accepting change, 
and life choices. For more informa- 
tion and to register, visit 

between alumni and students — enabling 
alumni to stay better informed about campus 
life and giving students the chance to meet 
alumni and to enhance their leadership skills. 
The program began in spring 2009, and 
currently more than a dozen undergraduates 
belong and represent such student groups as 
Appalachia Volunteers and the South Asian 
Students Association. "It's a great experience 
for everyone involved, and I really enjoy 
meeting alumni and discussing Boston 
College with them," says Al Dea '10, student 
ambassador and current UCBC president. 
This spring, alumni can meet student 
ambassadors at Laetare Sunday, the Living 
the Journey conference, and the Arts Festival 
reception, among other events. For more 
information, contact Alumni Association 
Special Advisor Robert Sherwood at 

Artistic Expression 

The 12th annual Boston College Arts Festival 

will be held this spring, and alumni can enjoy 
"A Taste of the Festival" on Saturday, May i. 
The lively dinner reception includes perfor- 
mances by BC students and alumni and 
the presentation of the Arts Council Alumni 
Award. Afterward, alumni may attend a 
performance of Three Penny Opera or Danc- 
ing with bOp! For more information, call 
800-669-8430 or visit 

By the Numbers 

Graduate Perspective 

46,000 I BC graduate and 
professional school alumni 

32,370 I BC 

graduate alumni 
who live in 
New England 

3 I Graduate 

schools offering 


Education Units 

(CEUs) to graduates who attend 

BC's Living the Journey conference 

in April (School of Theology and 

Ministry, Connell School of 

Nursing, and Graduate School 

of Social Work) 

9, I Female MBA students 
who will be mentored this 
year by alumnae through BC 
Connections, which recently 
inaugurated its graduate 
student mentoring program 

TO I Groups for 
BC graduate alumni 
and students 
on Facebook 

43 I Graduate alumni partici- 
pating in the new Energy and 
Environment Alumni Network 

Stay connected to fellow 

graduate alumni at 


1934-1938, 1946 

Boston College Alumni Association 

825 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 02458 

On January 14, T. Donald Robinson '30, cele- 
brated his 102nd birthday with his extended 
family! He is well and living in his own home 
in Belmont. His son, Thomas D. Robinson 
'61, writes, "He continues to keep very active 
with trips to various stores, the library, social 
engagements, and St. Joseph's Church in 
Belmont. He spends considerable time with 
his four grandchildren and seven great-grand- 
children, allowing him to catch up on what is 
happening in their lives. He dines out often 
with his family and friends. A favorite destina- 
tion for him is Chatham, where he visits me, 
my wife Joan '64, and family during the sum- 
mer. He is looking forward to visiting Boston 
College to celebrate his 80th reunion in June, 
2010." • Chris Nugent '32, MS'33, has cele- 
brated another birthday — 99! According to his 
son Chris, he is well and continues to live in 
assisted living in Sarasota, FL. He reads the 
morning paper, enjoys his favorite books, 
sings in the men's choir, and still is allowed a 
manhattan before dinner! And he asked for a 
dictionary for his birthday so that he can 
"instruct the younger staff to look up words 
they don't know when they are playing 
anagrams with me." Happy birthday, Chris and 
Donald, and we wish you both many more! 


Correspondent: William M. Hogan Jr. 

Brookhaven, A-305 

Lexington, MA 02421; y8i-86yic)g8 


Correspondent: John D. Donovan 

12 Wessonville Way 

Westborough, MA 01581; 508-366-4782 

Greetings once again! Unfortunately, the 
only news we have is sad news. The Alumni 
Office has reported the recent death in 
Hempstead, NH, of our classmate John J. 
O'Brien, JD'55. John was an active classmate 
who grew up in Roxbury and later lived in 
upstate New York and Florida. Our sympathy 
and prayers are extended to his family. • In 
the absence of updates on your recent travels, 
golf scores, "dates," and other successes, I 
will try to update us as a BC class. Believe it 
or not, we are, in Roman numerals, XCII, 
XCIII, XCIV years young. These numbers 
take on significance in our relationship to 
our alma mater. When we add together our 4 
years as undergraduates and 71 years as 
alumni, we see we have been connected to 
BC for 75 years. Wow! This becomes a more 

significant figure when we note that, since 
BC will be celebrating its 150th anniversary 
in 2013, the Class of '39 has been a part of 
the institution for more than half of its life. 
Another wow! That's the big news. We really 
are veterans. • Relax, hang in there! There is 
always room in heaven. Peace. 


UNION 201 

Correspondent: Sherman Rogan 

34 Oak Street 
Reading, MA 01867 

Joan and I have just celebrated the birth of our 
ninth grandchild. They are all under six years 
old and play with their toys in our home regu- 
larly. Meanwhile, I keep working and looking 
forward to days in the sun. • Classmates, I would 
love to hear from you. Best wishes for 2010! 


Correspondent: John M. Callahan 

3 Preacher Road 

Milton, MA 02186; 617-60)8-2082 


Correspondent: John C. Fitzgerald 

22 Joyce Road 

Hyde Park, MA 02136-3807; 617-364-230^ 

I begin with very sad news: we have lost our 
classmate Ernest Handy, JD'49, who died on 
January 8. A Double Eagle devoted to BC, 
Ernie had served as class correspondent for 
more than 60 years — and also held football 
season tickets for over half a century. He had a 
long career as an attorney in private practice 
and as an assistant clerk magistrate for the 
Suffolk Criminal Court. An Army Air Corps 
veteran of World War II, he also served in the 
Air Force Reserves, Judge Advocate General's 
Corps. We will greatly miss our classmate and 
friend. In early October, Paul Livingston, 
Gerry Joyce, and I had had lunch with Ernie at 
the Ellis Nursing Home in Norwood. He was 
comfortable there and was very happy to see 
us. He asked that one of us provide notes of 
class activities for Boston College Magazine. I 
agreed to report all information that is sent to 
me — so please help. • On Veterans Day, the 
ninth annual commemoration of Boston Col- 
lege alumni who died in service to our country 
was observed and a veterans remembrance 
Mass was celebrated. The names of all alumni 
who perished in all wars were read by mem- 
bers of the ROTC. This year, in addition, a 
moving dedication of a permanent memorial, 
listing all 209 alumni, was made. I was privi- 
leged to be present for the entire observance. 
It became very personal for me when I heard 
the names of nine of our classmates that are 
etched in the capping of the wall. With pro- 
found respect and for your prayerful remem- 
brance, I list Edgar G. Carney, Paul V. Con- 
nors, John R. Heffernan, Robert J. Larkin, 
Thaddeus J. Lyons, John H. Moloney, Leo J. 

Murphy, David Walsh, and Joseph Welsh. 

Warriors forever — rest in peace. • Some late 
news from Fr. Joe Appleyard '53, PHL'58 (VP 
for University mission and ministry at BC): 
Our classmate Fr. Joe Nolan, MA'49, has pub- 
lished a new book, A Life in Liturgy: Rediscover- 
ing the Mass (Boston College, 2009). Fr. Apple- 
yard's note included a brief summary of Joe's 
life after Boston College. I am saving it for the 
next issue of the magazine. 


Correspondent: Ernest E. Santosuosso 

73 Waldron Road 

Braintree, MA 02184; l^'^A^-lll 

In October 2009, Yale Richmond was a keynote 
speaker at a conference, Cold War: Interac- 
tions Reconsidered, held in Helsinki, Finland. 
The title of his talk was "Cultural Exchange 
and the Cold War: How the West Won." 


Correspondent: Gerard L. Kirby 

PO Box 1493 

Duxbury, MA 02331; 78i-g34-022g 

If you haven't been to the Boston College 
campus in a while, you will be interested 
in seeing, among many other changes, 
the veterans memorial wall that was dedi- 
cated on November 11. The wall lists the 
names of BC alumni who have given their 
lives for their country, and there are 15 
members of our class among those listed. 
Space makes it impossible for me to list 
them here. • More recently, three more 
members of our class have moved to quieter 
pastures: Bill Daly, Frank Doherty, and our 
beloved friend, Fr. Bill Mclnnes, MA'51, 
STL'58. Frank and I entered BC High 
together in 1936. In our Class of 1940 
yearbook under Frank's picture are the 
words, "May he always keep young in his 
heart," and Frank did just that for all his 
life. Bill Daly and I were at the business 
school together, and I remember with great 
joy the frequent double-dating we did with 
our ladies of the time. Among such festivities 
was something called a tea dance. Neither 
of us had any idea what that was supposed 
to mean, but that didn't dampen our enjoy- 
ment. You just can't replace the clear-as-a- 
picture memories of friends like Frank 
and Bill. And as you know, we had been 
holding semiannual luncheon meetings at 
the Campion Center with Fr. Bill as our 
host. Our last meeting was on October 13, 
with eight of us present,, including Msgr. 
Joe Alves MSW'48, Joe Delaney, Joe Gau- 
dreau, Bob O'Leary JD'49, Tino Spatola, Don 
White H'94, and Fr. Bill. Fr. Bill passed 
away peacefully on December 8, 2009, 
appropriately enough on the Feast of the 
Immaculate Conception. His funeral was 
held in front of an overflow crowd at 
St. Ignatius Church, a fitting tribute to an 


extraordinary man. Tino and I were honored 
to serve as pall bearers for our friend and 
classmate. • Peace be with you all. 


Correspondent: Louis V. Sorgi 
5 Augusta Road 
Milton, MA 02186 

We have lost three more classmates since our 
last column. Ed McLaughlin, MS'51, passed 
away on September 17. He leaves his wife, 
Edna; three children; and four grandchildren. 
Ed graduated from Boston Latin School and 
after attending BC, received a BS from the 
University of Arizona and a doctorate from 
UCLA, all in physical chemistry. I received a 
nice thank-you note from Ed's family. Don 
McMorrow passed away on August 10, peace- 
fully surrounded by his family in his home. He 
is survived by his wife, Miriam; 8 children; 12 
grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild. A Navy 
veteran and a professor of physics at the Univer- 
sity of Rhode Island, Boston College, and St. 
Joseph's University, in the late 1950s Don began 
a 33-year career in aerospace, working in just 
about every aspect of the industry covering 
space exploration. Rev. James Gibbons, MEd'55, 
of Scituate, a retired pastor of St. Frances Xavier 
Cabrini Church, passed away on August 21 at 
his residence in Brant Rock. Fr. Gibbons was 
raised in Roslindale and graduated from BC 
High. He was ordained in 1952 by Archbishop 
Richard Cushing. • I attended the BC veterans 
memorial and dedication ceremony on Novem- 
ber 11. We viewed the 70-foot-long serpentine 
stone wall bearing the names of the 209 alumni 
who gave their lives for their country and heard 
an address by four-star flag officer Gen. John 
Sheehan '62, a retired USMC general and the 
highest ranking military officer to graduate 
from BC. • Thank you to all who have sent in 
your dues — and for those who have not, there is 
still time to do so. We will need this money to 
celebrate our 6 5 -year reunion in 2010. • I heard 
from the following classmates. Effie and Char- 
lie McCready have been married 65 years. Joe 
Devlin, MSW'49, i s i n St. Patrick's Manor 
Nursing Home in Framingham. Vin Pattavina 
is handling some health problems. Alice and 
Leo McGrath recently celebrated the birth of 
their eighth grandchild. Henry Jancsy is recov- 
ering from major surgery in Deerfield, FL. Ed 
Cashman retired from medical practice in 
2001. He has macular degeneration, thus 
cannot drive. Bill Hamrock originated the BC 
Club of New Hampshire in 1987 and served as 
president for 10 years. Rita and Paul Dawson 
are back from a seven-day cruise of Portland 
and Bar Harbor, ME, and St. John, New 
Brunswick. Mary Nell and Tom Moran are in 
good health. Tom is still trying to learn Spanish. 
• That's it for now. Please stay in touch. 


Correspondent: Richard J. Fitzgerald 

PO Box 171 

North Falmouth, MA 02556; 508-563-6168 

I am sorry to report the death of Jim Kiley on 
September 6, 2009. Jim was a devoted family 

man. He was also very active in undergraduate 
activities and was elected class secretary. Jim 
was associated with the IRS for many years. 


Correspondent: Robert E. Foy III 

51 Dickens Street 

Chancy, MA 02170; 6i-j -7 73-8184 

The officers of the Class of 1948 wish to thank 
John Carney '49 and the advisors of the Class of 
1949 for their help in presenting the memorial 
Mass in October. Those attending included Sally 
Best, Tim Buckley MBA'62 and Suzanne Kear- 
ney, Alfred DeVito, Mildred and Robert Foy, 
Millicent and James Hogan, Ann and Paul 
Lannon, Robert Marshall JD'51, Joseph McNally, 
Irene and Bill Melville, Erie Myers MSW'50, 
Gene Nash, Eileen Nee and Patricia Shea, and 
Bill Noonan. • On a sad note, we have lost our 
classmate Paul Waters, who died on November 
28. A member of the hockey team while at BC 
and a World War II Army veteran, Paul worked 
for Boston Wool Trade for many years. Please 
keep Paul and his family in your prayers. 


Correspondent: John J. Carney 

227 Savin Hill Avenue 

Dorchester, MA 02125; 617-825-8283 

It's a cloudy Tuesday before Thanksgiving 
here, looking out at the estuary of the Neponset 
River as I write these class notes. Our 60th 
anniversary year has passed, and we are happy 
to report that all who attended the several 
events sponsored by the class and the Univer- 
sity have survived. Those who attended the 
annual memorial Mass on October 15 were 
cocelebrants Frs. Bill Burckhart and Paul 
McCarty, STL'61; Hank Barry MEd'56; Nancy 
and Bill Butler; Louise and John Cahill; Mary 
Griffin and Madelyn Carney; Ernie Ciampa; 
Barbara and Joe Cotter from Maine; Margaret 
and Sahag Dakesian MS'51; Alice and Roland 
Driscoll; Jim Galvin MSSW51; Carol and Don 
McA'Nulty; Claire and John McCarthy; Sally 
and John Meany; Vinnie Nuccio; Thomas 
O'Connor MA'50, H'93; John Prince MEd'51; 
Joan and Gerry Pucillo; Paula and Peter 
Rogerson; Catherine and Anthony Struzziero 
MEd'52 with daughter Cathy Kelly '84; Pat and 
Jack Waite MA'51; Louise (Mahoney) MA'56 
and Jim Whelton; and Ed Wright. We were 
saddened to note that Anne Ashur could not 
attend due to illness; she and her family 
have beautifully provided the music for 
our previous memorial Masses. • The Carroll 
School of Management announced the first 
recipient of the Joseph F. Cotter Professorship: 
Professor Mary Ann Glynn, research director 
of the Winston Center for Leadership and 
Ethics. The award was endowed by Joe's son 
Robert '73 and his wife, Betsy '73, MEd '74. 
Robert is a trustee of Boston College. • On a 
sad note, I must report the passing of John 
Forkin, whom we all knew as a friend attend- 
ing many class functions, as well as of Joe 
Gauvin, whose daughter Maureen sent me a 
note saying "all the flowers at the wake were 

maroon and gold" — a fitting remembrance for 
a faithful fellow classmate. • Please send me 
information about yourselves or your loved 
ones to include in these notes. 


Correspondent: John A. Dewire 
15 Chester Street, No. 31 
Cambridge, MA 02140; 617-876-1461 

Boston College has informed me that our class 
is celebrating our 60th anniversary in June, and 
we will also be honored at Commencement in 
May. A letter describing activities will be sent to 
you in March. What is known so far is that 
our class will have lunch on the campus on 
Saturday, June 5, and rooms on campus will be 
available for those of us who want them that 
weekend. • I am sad to report the passing of Roy 
Norden, a World War II veteran and a longtime 
football coach. He died on June 24, 2009, of 
kidney failure at Beverly Hospital. Roy, a Roslin- 
dale native, was a standout lineman at Boston 
English and at BC and a past president of the 
Massachusetts High School Football Coaches 
Association. During his last days, Roy's family 
kept his favorite photograph by his bedside. It 
was taken at a Boston English prom and 
showed Roy, the school's football captain in 
1942, escorting his future wife, Marilyn 
(Lowney), who died in September 2008. Roy 
enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and served in 
the Pacific, where he took part in the Battle 
of Saipan. He leaves his son, Roy Jr. '85 of 
Providence (who also lettered in football at BC 
in the early 1980s); four daughters — Catherine 
Davison of Beverly, Lyn Norden of Reading, 
Sharon MacKenzie of Seattle, and Erica Foley of 
Charlton; and 11 grandchildren. Also in 2009, 
we lost Edward D. Duffy of Taunton on Septem- 
ber 11 and George R. Humphrey of Burlington, 
CT, on August 22. Please remember these 
classmates in your prayers. 

NC I95O-I953 


Correspondent: Ann Fulton Cote NC'53 

11 Prospect Street 

Winchester, MA 02890; 781-72^-8512 

Sadly, I must report the death on September 
21, 2009, of Frances Mannix Ziminsky NC'53, 
sister of Aileen Mannix Schaefer NC'56 and 
Delia Mannix Burke NC'63 and sister-in-law 
of Helen Ward Sperry Mannix NC'54. Frannie 
leaves her husband, Vic; 11 children; 21 grand- 
children; and 1 great-grandchild. In addition 
to taking care of her large family, Frannie 
worked tirelessly for the protection of the 
unborn as a member of the board of the 
Catholic Guardian Society and Home Bureau 
of New York City, and later as director of the 
Birthright office in Mount Kisco, NY. In 1995, 
she received the Boston College Distinguished 
Alumni Award in recognition of her hard 
work for this cause. Frannie was devoted to 
her friends, finding time in her busy life to 
keep in touch, ever ready with her bubbly, 
infectious laugh or with her consolation in 
troubling times. • Also, we lost Jeanne Han- 
non Grace NC'52 on October 21. Jeanne is pre- 
deceased by her husband, Karl, and also her 
son Jerome. She leaves four children and three 


grandchildren. Jeanne was involved with the 
Boston University Women's Council and was 
an avid golfer and tennis player. Her story is 
incomplete, however, without remembering 
her humor, her style, and the breadth of her 
interests. I have a special memory of a day and 
evening spent in Paris with Jeanne. For a 
number of years, she went to Europe, alone, 
for two weeks in October, a sort of "recharge 
the batteries" vacation. "Meet me behind 
Notre Dame," she said, and from there we 
walked and walked in that most beautiful city. 
It was a magical day. • I also recently learned 
of the death of Regina Howe Gailus NC'50 
of Chicago on March 24, 2008. As we pray 
for these classmates, we send our sympathy to 
their families. • I had a brief stay with Monsie 
O'Brien Clifton NC'53 when we went to 
Frannie Ziminsky's funeral. Among her 13 
grandchildren, she has twin granddaughters 

October 28, the above-mentioned Pat Roche 
was honored by BC at a private dinner in the 
president's dining room for his ongoing 
service and generosity. Pat received the honor 
with his typical humility. We as alumni can be 
grateful to Pat for boosting the class up into 
the pantheon of magnanimous supporters. 


Correspondent: Frank McGee 

lgp Ocean Street 

Marshfield, MA 02050; y8i-8^4-46go 

Sadly, I have to report the deaths of Tom 
Caprarella on September 20, and Jean Grenon 

on September 9, 2009. At the time of their 
passing, Tom lived in Dedham, and Jean lived 

In August, 100 golfers and 35 non-players showed up 
for the Tom McElroy Jr. Golf Classic — which funds 
the No. 1 athletic memorial scholarship at BC! 

who are seniors at Sacred Heart-9ist Street. 
• I had a great lunch with Jeanne Hartford 
Savage NC'53. She stays busy with her six 
children (including taking a trip to London) 
but also keeps young playing a lot of golf. She 
had a good visit with Barbara Kelly Connelly 
NC53, MEd'57, just days before she moved 
from Cape Cod to South Carolina to be near 
her daughter. 


Correspondent: Leo Wesner 

125 Granite Street, Apt. 816 
Quincy, MA 02i6g; 617-680-8306 

I am sad to report that I recently learned of the 
passing of several classmates: Ira Goldstein of 
Apopka, FL, on December 23, 2008; and in 
2009, Boleslaus Kulik of Roslindale on Sep- 
tember 15; Irene Shepardson of Marshfield'' on 
September 29; Gerald Sullivan of Skowhegan, 
ME, on August 19: Bill Hughes of Mundelein, 
IL, on August 5; Larry Maroni of Sudbury on 
June 25; and Bob O'Keefe of Franciscan Oaks, 
Danville, NJ, on June 17. Our condolences to 
the families of these fine people! • Some of 
those who are still around are continuing to 
serve their alma mater and other members of 
our class. Jim Derba has again stepped up to 
assume the presidency of the class as we look 
forward to our 60th reunion in 2011. Assisting 
Jim in this effort is the Planning Committee 
that includes Bob Jepsen MBA'70, Marty 
Joyce, Jack Casey, Pat Roche Hoi, Leo Wes- 
ner, and Ed White. We are planning a simple 
program, one that should appeal to many of 
our classmates. Phil Dolan writes from 
Florida in the hope that a golf day will be 
included in the plans. Feel free to submit ideas 
that may be useful, such as trivia, information 
about awards or recognition bestowed on you 
or another classmate, or anything you feel 
may be of interest. • One further note: On 

in Mashpee. Please remember Tom, Jean, and 
their families in your prayers. • On a happier 
note, the Tom McElroy Jr. Golf Classic was held 
on August 31 at the Spring Valley Country Club 
in Sharon. One hundred golfers participated, 
while 35 non-players showed up for the dinner 
and auction following the day of golf. This 
fundraiser, in memory of Regina and Tom 
McElroy's son Tom Jr. '80 (a former all-Ameri- 
can soccer player who died of cancer shortly 
after his graduation from BC) has been held 
for 28 consecutive years and is now the No. 1 
athletic memorial scholarship at BC. The Class 
of '52 sponsored a hole, and Dan McElaney 
MA'63, Frank McDermott, and J. Barry Driscoll 
played their usual high quality game. Indepen- 
dent of the game, $8,000 was raised from 
those who could not attend. My wife, Carole, 
and I attended the dinner part of the event, 
which was spectacular. If you have an extra 
buck or two, send it to the BC Fund, BC 
Alumni Association, to help BC student athletes 
financially. • Going through my tattered 
copy of Sub Turri, I came across pictures of 
Frank Dooley JD'55 (editor), Tom Cummiskey 
(business manager), George Burke and Jack 
Donovan (subscription managers), George Gal- 
lant (managing editor), and Jack Murray and 
Bob Earley (advertising managers). It brought 
back great memories. If you get the chance, 
take Sub Turri out from your attic. A walk down 
memory lane is a great experience. • The hard- 
est part of this job is reporting deaths, but it is 
part of the job. Please send me whatever news 
you have concerning classmates — happy or sad. 


Correspondent: Jim Willwerth 

lg Sheffield Way 

Westborough, MA 01581; 508-366-5400 

Our annual memorial Mass was held on October 
10, 2009, in Trinity Chapel on the Newton 

Campus. Dennis Cronin, who did the first 
reading, and Jim Willwerth, who presented 
the second reading, assisted the celebrant, 
Fr. Larry Drennan. Barbara and Austin Smith 

presented the gifts, as has been the custom for 
many years. Eleanor Venezia again served as 
Eucharistic minister. After Mass, a reception 
and dinner was held at Barat House with 31 
classmates and guests in attendance. Fr. Dren- 
nan led the blessing before dinner. Upon 
arrival from Mass, Gail Darnell from the 
Alumni Office greeted the group and helped 
with the nametags. The bar was open, and 
appetizers were available. One of the wait- 
resses made the rounds (many times) with a 
platter of large, delicious shrimp. The tradi- 
tional meal of seafood Newburg, roast beef, 
and all the fixings was available at the buffet 
table. Tasty chocolate desserts were placed on 
every table to complement the coffee that was 
served. Classmates and guests attending were 
Kathy and Joe Byrne, Peggy and Tom Vander- 
slice H'03, Barbara and Austin Smith, Eunice 
and Paul Twitchell MS '62, Jim Wholly, Mary 
Lou Maloney, Joan Kelleher, Maureen and Bob 
McCarthy, Mary and Jim Willwerth, Priscilla 
and Dennis Cronin, Mary and Bob Willis, 
Fr. Drennan, Mildred (Iantosca) MS'59 an< ^ 
John Costa, Dick Curran and Judith Golden, 
Gerry and John McCauley, Eleanor and Sal 
Venezia, Muriel and Arthur Delaney, and 
Nancy Duggan. • Gerry McCauley wrote: "John 
was honored at Portsmouth Abbey School 
(Portsmouth, RI) on October 17 at a full day of 
events, including cocktails, dinner, and a pro- 
gram. All our children and grandchildren were 
there, together with John's former players, par- 
ents, coaches, and the Benedictine monks. The 
reason for the honor was the creation of the 
John L. McCauley Scholarship, to be awarded 
yearly to an outstanding scholar-athlete. 
Unknown to John, this scholarship began over 
two and a half years ago, when his former 
players gathered at their 20th Abbey reunion, 
and the idea was born to honor him. The JLM 
Scholarship Fund has grown to over $100,000 
in such a short time! We met the first recipient, 
Ryan Silva, and his parents. I said to John, 'It's 
like an Irish wake for you, only you are stand- 
ing up to hear all the nice words!' " 


Correspondent: John Ford 

45 Waterford Drive 

Worcester, MA 01602; 508-755-3615 

I am writing this column just a few days after 
we celebrated our annual memorial Mass, rec- 
ognizing our deceased classmates. Attending 
were Tom Lane; Mary Jean and Jim Coughlin; 
Ray MacPherson; Bill McCarthy JD'6o; Bob 
O'Brien; Pete Vasaturo; Aurora and Jack 
Leydon; Ed Smith; Ellen (McDonough) JD'57 
and Al Good JD'59; Mary and Murray Regan; 
Kathy and Peter Nobile; Kathie and Tom Ske- 
han with Tom's sister Pat Siff; Pat and Dick 
Hughes JD'6o; Lori and Lou Totino MBA' 65; 
Lorraine and Tom Cosgrove; Martha (Leonard) 
MEd'6o and Ed Trask; Linda and Dave Pierre; 
Clare (Carr) MEd'73 and Frank McLaughlin 
MA'57; Mary and Jack Curtin JD'57, H'91; Paul 
McGee; and your correspondent and wife 
Jane. Several widows of classmates also partic- 


ipated: Man' McCourt; Pat King with daughter 
Maura Scully '88, MA'93; Margaret Miley; 
Jody Bonarrigo: and Barbara Valente with son 
David '01. Expected but not able to attend were 
Peter Vasaturo's widow, Margaret (Molloy) '58; 
Frank Flannery; Joe Skerry; and Connecticut 
Tom Lane. Lou Torino did his usual fine job 
making the Mass and brunch arrangements. 
As we have done for the past few years, we 
passed the hat for donations to support Fr. 
John Wallace's mission work in Honduras, 
netting $500, which we will match from the 
class treasury, thanks to you who pay dues. Fr. 
John was home for a month recently and had 
dinner with Phil Grant and Ted Breau. • The 
next class event will be a BC hockey game on 
February 21. Peter Nobile and Lou Torino are 
making the arrangements. We will have a class 
luncheon in May or early June, with the Way- 
side Inn as our preferred venue. • I am sad to 
report that since our last column we have 
learned of the deaths of Ruth Marie Connors 
MEd'55, Kevin Lane, Rick McSweeney, John J. 
O'Connor, Joan Callahan, and Jack Canniff. 
Jack was a longtime hockey coach at UMass 
and 1972 ECAC Coach of the Year. • Please 
send me a note for our next column. 

NC I954 

Correspondent: Mary Helen FitzGerald Daly 

700 Laurel Avenue 

Wilmette, IL 60091; 847-251-3837 

Helen Badenhausen Danforth writes from 
Ipswich that her home on the Ipswich River 
provides interesting sightings of birds, boats, 
and people. She enjoys activities with her 
family in the area and reports that she has 
been a church organist and choir director for 
many years. She also facilitates a weekly 
church book-study group, leads meditation 
groups with children and adults, and serves as 
a trustee of the local library. I asked everyone 
to include with their news a favorite Newton 
memory. Helen says one of hers was "walking 
to the deli in Newton Centre to have English 
muffins with grape jelly." She "also loved 
meeting with the few other music majors in 
class with Mrs. Balling." • Maureen Cohalan 
Curry writes that she keeps busy going to baby 
showers and christenings and volunteering at 
two historic houses in Bristol. She also is an 
active member of the local garden club. Her 
condo overlooks Bristol Harbor, so she too 
enjoys watching all the action in the harbor. 
Maureen sent along one of her favorite New- 
ton memories: "Working in the Tea House. It 
was so much fun to be able to see friends and 
also to get to know upperclassmen. It was a 
great spot." Maureen and I keep in contact 
with Helen Ward Sperry Mannix by phone. • I 
look forward to hearing from more of you for 
the next issue. Stay happy and healthy in 2010. 


Correspondent: Marie Kelleher 

12 Tappan Street 

Melrose, MA 02176; 781-665-2669 

My thanks to all who have sent me their class 
dues. • On to the column in 400 words or less. 

Twenty-six people have registered to attend the 
first event of our 55th anniversary year. • Dick 
Carpenter has published Vol. 3 of his series A 
Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946, and 
Vol. 4 is almost complete. • Msgr. Frank Stra- 
han is chair of the Pastors Advisory Commit- 
tee for the Catholic Appeal. • In May 2009, 
Bruno Ciani celebrated his 50-year member- 
ship in the Massachusetts Dental Society at an 
awards luncheon held at the Boston Marriott 
Burlington. In his retirement, he has gone 
into show business, reviving a bit of vaudeville 
in his Best of Bruno routine. • Donald Boland 
has retired and reports he has 12 grandchil- 
dren. • Bob Harding reports he won a gold 
medal in the over-70 tennis doubles at the 
Senior Olympic games in 2007 with his part- 
ner, Sal Parrinello, and his ice-hockey team, 
the Rusty Blades, won a bronze medal at the 
Senior games in 2003, 2004, and 2006. • Jane 
and John Boland presented the All-Guertin 
award at Bishop Guertin High School last 
June. They also awarded Stephen Boland 
Memorial Scholarships to the All-Guertin 
award winner and to a member of the cross- 
country team. • Charlie Costello still volun- 
teers with Habitat for Humanity and is trea- 
surer for the local nonmedical hospice support 
group. He reports that wife Anne has been 
president of the local history land workshop 
for three years. The members have raised over 
$14,000 by selling the crafts they make. 
• Mary and David Hopkins recently celebrated 
their 52nd wedding anniversary, while Barbara 
and Jim Alvord celebrated their 48th. • Jim 
Grady is a trustee of the Town of Marion 
Affordable Housing Trust and was recently 
elected vice chair of the Bristol Community 
College Board of Trustees. • The Class of '55 
community of saints continues to grow. Bob 
Kelleher; Joseph Pavone; Vincent Marteucci's 
beloved wife, Florence; Dick Drew's sister 
Patricia; and Patricia Schaefer Romelfanger's 
husband, Norb, have all recently begun their 
eternal lives. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers 
are being sent to their families. • Thanks to all 
who have sent me news. Please keep doing so. 

NC 1955 

Correspondent: Jane Quigley Hone 

207 Miro Place 

Port Washington, NY 11050; 516-627-097} 

This is the time to start planning to attend our 
55th reunion on June 4-6, just a few months 
away. Nadia Wolanyk Deychakiwsky reports 
that she unfortunately will be unable to attend, 
but Mary Chisholm Sullivan will be there as 
usual and may have photos of her 26 grandchil- 
dren. We hope many more of you will be at the 
reunion as well. For those of you who are willing 
to give me your e-mail address, I could send you 
pictures from the reunion. It would also be an 
easy way for you to send me information for the 
next issue of Boston College Magazine. 


Correspondent: Steve Barry 

102 Brooksby Village Drive, Unit 403 

Peabody, MA 01960; 978-587-3626 

As you can see, Marie and I moved in November 
to Brooksby Village, a retirement community 
in Peabody. • Bob Halloran sent a postcard 
from Ephesus, Turkey, where he, his wife, and 
five other couples went on a tour following a 
five-day sail along the Turquoise Coast. He 
says the drivers there are more antic than in 
Rome. • Betty Ann Casey said that Janet and 
Jack Leonard, Jim McLaughlin, and Margie 
Murphy were in attendance at the alumni 
memorial Mass. Earlier, we mentioned that 
Jim's wife, Maire, was ill. She has improved 
enough to attend a football game. • Carolyn 
Kenny Foley saw Peter Colleary; Betty Ann 
Casey; Ernestine Bolduc; Leo Power MA'64, 
MBA'72; Ed Connors; and Paul Sullivan at 
the Veterans Day Mass and dedication of the 
new memorial honoring BC veterans who 
died in service to their country. St. Ignatius 
Church was packed. Carolyn counted 17 priests 
in attendance. • In November, Jack Leonard 
hosted a signing at BC High for the newly 
published book on James Michael Curley 
by Bill Bulger '58, JD'61. • Look for a class 
newsletter giving details about a harbor cruise 
this spring on a boat operated by UMass. After 
the cruise, we plan to have a luncheon at the 
Kennedy Library, Commonwealth Museum, or 
BC High. We're also considering a Bermuda 
cruise just before our 55th reunion (really!) 
next year. The Norwegian Line has cruise 
ships leaving Boston every Friday afternoon, 
returning on the following Friday morning, which 
would get us back in time to register for the 
weekend events. • Owen Lynch, JD'59, sent 
a picture of Ed Lynch and daughter Lisa 
from Boston Common magazine. They were at 
the annual Ellie Fund event, which raises 
money for breast cancer victims. • Fr. Tom 
Naughton has retired after service as an Army 
chaplain and, later, as an administrator in 
several Boston area parishes. He is living 
at St. Mary of the Hills Parish in Milton. 
• Bishop Francis X. Irwin, MSW'70, retired 
from his position as auxiliary bishop of the 
Boston Archdiocese in October. • I am sad to 
report that Bernard Doiron of Falmouth 
died in September. John Harney, PHL'60, 
sent word that Brian Concannon, JD'62, died 
in November. Art Reilly has leukemia and 
has been on oxygen. Please pray for them 
and for all classmates and their families who 
have suffered illnesses, deaths, or economic 
problems. • Thanks to all who sent news! 
Read more in BC's online community class 
notes at 

NC I956 

Correspondent: Patricia Leary Dowling 

39 Woodside Drive 

Milton, MA 02186; 617-696-0163 


Correspondent: Francis E. Lynch 

27 Arbutus Lane 

West Dennis, MA 02670 

The class fall event saw BC start its first season 
opener with a 21-0 win over Kent State. 


This annual fall classic has become not only 
traditional but perhaps the most popular of 
events. Frs. Tom Ahearn, Gerry Kelly, and 
Gene Sullivan DEd'8i concelebrated Mass 
before the social hour and sit-down dinner. 
The following classmates attended: John 
Addesa, Jim Cantwell, Bill Cunningham, Jim 
Daly, Paul Daly, Jim Devlin, Dick Dowling, 
Dom and Rita (McGrath) Emello, Bill Faria, 
John Harrington MBA'66, George Hennessy, 
Eleanor and Mary Lou Hogan MEd'6i, Bob 
Huber MBA'65, Jack Joyce, Dottie MS'62 and 
John Kelliher MBA'71, Peg Kenney MA'59, 
Mary Lou Long MS '61, Paul Mahoney, Paul 
McAdams, Dave McAvoy, Bill McQueeney, 
Betty Salmon McRae, Paul O'Leary, Marilyn 
Wilson Smith, Walter Sullivan, Bob Tiernan 

area. Dave and Elbe Pope Clem hosted Connie 
Hanley Smith for a wonderful few days at their 
home in McLean, VA. Concurrently (and not 
by coincidence) , Chris and Liz Doyle Eckl wel- 
comed Connie Weldon LeMaitre to their home 
in Reston, VA. We four Newton alumnae 
enjoyed exchanging news of family, travel, and 
the like. We behaved like "first-time tourists" 
in the capital, even though we had all seen 
many of the sights before. Among the places 
we visited were a butterfly exhibit at the Nat- 
ural History Museum of the Smithsonian; 
Julia Child's kitchen, which was literally 
moved from her home in Cambridge to the 
Smithsonian in 2002; Mount Vernon; and the 
Library of Congress, where we were given a 
VIP tour by a senior staff member who is a 

Peg Kenney '57, MA'59, was inducted as an inaugural 
member of the Archbishop Williams High School 
Academic Hall of Fame in October. 

MS'59, Bill Tobin MBA70, Jim and Betty 
(Scanlon) Turley, and Pat Vacca. • Frank Higgins 

hosted a wonderful day of golf on September 
29 at the Pocasset Golf Club. Those who par- 
ticipated included Fr. Tom Ahearn, Joe Burke, 
Jim Connolly, Bill Cunningham, Jim Devlin, 
Charlie Fox, Don Fox, Paul McAdams, Dave 
McAvoy, Vic Popeo, and Ed Brickley. • Joe 
McMenimen, his son, and a friend spent a 
week in Ireland last September. They were 
based in Killarney, and they played six different 
scenic golf courses, including Ballybunion, 
Tralee, and Dooks. • Bill Donlan, MA'6o, who 
suffered a stroke last June, was airlifted via 
ambulance back to Ireland in early October. 
Bill's progress continues to be very slow. 
Please keep him in your prayers. Cards and 
notes can be sent to William Donlan, Baile 
Eamoinn, Spiddal, County Galway, Ireland. 
• Peg Kenney was inducted as an inaugural 
member of the Archbishop Williams High 
School Academic Hall of Fame in October. She 
and several other '57 classmates are members 
of Archie's first graduating class. Peg was also 
awarded the Rev. Stanley J. Bezuszka, SJ '39, 
MA'40, MSD'42, Lifetime Service Award for 
Mathematics Teaching and Learning by\he 
Association of Teachers of Mathematics in 
New England at its fall conference, also in 
October. • Don Fox was recommended by the 
class board for membership in the Boston 
College Varsity Hall of Fame. Don was a 
defenseman on Coach Kelley's hockey teams 
from 1953 to 1957. • The class extends its 
sincere sympathy to Jeanne '88, MSW'94, 
and John Wissler, MBA'72, on the death of 
their son John on September 10, 2009. • Class 
dues should be sent to Bill Tobin, MBA70, 181 
Central St., Holliston, MA 01746. 

NC 1957 

Correspondent: Connie Weldon LeMaitre 
Correspondent: Connie Hanley Smith 

Some of our class can't get enough of reunions. 
In September, several of us met in the DC 

friend of Elbe's. Afterward, we were treated 
to an elegant lunch at the Capitol Hill 
Club. The high points of the gathering were 
the two lovely dinner parties given by our 
Virginia hosts. Our dear friends from Rhode 
Island and Illinois have indeed learned how to 
extend gracious Southern hospitality, for 
which we thank them. • No sooner had 
Connie LeMaitre gotten back to New England 
at the beginning of October, than she joined 
six of our classmates for a visit to the Museum 
of Fine Arts. The group included Cathy 
Connolly Beatty, Vinnie Murray Burns, Diane 
Russell McDonough, Carol McCurdy Rege- 
nauer, Carol Ann Ryan, and Lucille Saccone 
Giovino. After viewing some of the master- 
pieces, a two-hour lunch followed, during 
which stories were exchanged and memories 
evoked. • Liz Eckl reported that she and Chris 
traveled to Alabama, where Chris grew up. On 
All Souls' Day, they attended a memorial Mass 
for the deceased members of his family, which 
was very moving. The Eckls were next headed 
for the West Coast to spend Thanksgiving 
with children and grandchildren. • That's all 
the news for now. Please let us hear from 
more of you for the next "installment." 


Correspondent: David Rafferty 

2296 Ashton Oakes Lane, No. 101 

Stonebridge Country Club 

Naples, FL 34109; 239-596-0290 

Mary and Francis Lydon, living in Wailuku, 
HI, joined 13 family members on a cruise to 
Alaska to celebrate their 50th wedding 
anniversary. Upon their return, they went to 
the Pentagon to see son Michael Christopher 
promoted to lieutenant colonel in the Air 
Force. • Walter Tumiski recently retired from 
teaching after 25 years. Walter introduced the 
teaching of Chinese history and culture at 
the community-college level in the state of 
New Jersey. • After graduation, John Vancini 
pursued an MA at Purdue and a PhD at the 
University of Colorado. He has spent the last 

42 years as an independent clinical psycholo- 
gist in Minnesota. In his spare time, he does 
stand-up comedy and writes a humor column 
for a newsletter. • Ed Malloy retired from the 
Social Security Administration in 1996. Ed, 
who lost his wife, Catherine, has three 
children and four grandchildren. • This past 
September, our class was well represented at 
the Mass of the Holy Spirit, held annually on 
O'Neill Plaza. Attendees then proceeded by 
bus to the Boston College Club in Boston for a 
delicious lunch. • It is sad to report that Peggy 
Simons, wife of Dick Simons, a very active 
member of our Class Committee, passed away 
suddenly in September. Please remember 
Dick and his family in your prayers. • On 
another sad note, Mike Frazier passed away 
this past October. Mike spent his weekdays in 
New York City and weekends at his country 
home in Great Barrington, MA. Mike pro- 
duced several Broadway shows, including 
Lena Home: The Lady and Her Music, which 
captured a special Tony Award. Grind also 
received a Tony nomination. Other projects 
included Suite in Three Keys, End of the World, 
Nunsense, and Mail. Mike and yours truly go 
back. a long way — in 1957 we hitchhiked 
together from Boston to Ft. Lauderdale during 
spring break. • John Adams wrote to tell me 
that Dick Line passed away. Dick, originally 
from Springfield, moved to Lady Lake, FL, 
after his retirement. After receiving his MBA 
from the Wharton School of Business, he 
spent a long and successful career with Aetna 
Life and Casualty. • Don't forget to send your 
$25 class dues to Jack "Mucca" McDevitt, 
28 Cedar Rd., Medford, MA 02155. 

NC I958 

Correspondent: Jo Clean/ 

27 Kingswood Road 

Auburndale, MA 02466; 617-332-6798 

It's great to hear news from some of our class- 
mates who haven't been in Boston recently. I 
encourage all classmates to keep me posted 
with their news and address changes. My 
contact information is at the top of this col- 
umn... so convenient for you. • Last summer, 
Mary Keating McKell sent a note about her 
current endeavors, and I followed up with a 
phone conversation with her more recently. "I 
enjoy playing the Irish 'gok' on Saturdays — 
back to the stage, history, and some poetry 
writing." For the past eight years, Mary has 
been active in many areas of the Vanderbilt 
Museum in Centerport, Long Island. Her 
stage appearances are part of the museum's 
Living History Program, which recounts 
events of the 1920s and '30s. The museum is 
a short distance from her home and makes a 
wonderful workplace for Mary's talents. She 
also substitutes in the public school in her dis- 
trict and teaches in her parish. Mary and Dave 
enjoy their nine grandchildren in their time 
off. • Gail McDonough Sullivan joined the 
Newton '58 luncheon group in September 
before returning home to Towson, MD, from 
her summer vacation in Scituate. • Evelyn 
Chiao Yuan has been married for 50 years and 
has a son and a daughter, both of whom live in 
the San Francisco area. She and her husband 
travel there frequently. "Guess eventually we'll 


move to San Francisco from New Jersey." 
They have also traveled to China a few times. 
• Jo Kirk Geary and 15 family members, 
including } grandchildren, traveled to 
Washington DC for the swearing in of Jo's 
brother, Paul G. Kirk Jr., who was appointed 
interim senator to replace Sen. Edward M. 
Kennedy. H'66. Vice President Biden admin- 
istered the oath. In January, a general election 
was held to fill the seat for the remainder of 
the late senator's term. 

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Correspondent: George Holland 

244 Hawthorne Street 

Maiden, MA 02148; 781-321-4217 

The final event of our 50th reunion year was 
the presentation of reunion yearbooks at a 
class dinner held at the Yawkey Center on 
November 14. Reunion Chair Peter McLaugh- 
lin welcomed the class to the dinner and 
shared with us the Reunion Committee's 
intent to hold a reception and dinner next fall 
and each year thereafter. Peter introduced the 
yearbook editor, Beth Grady, MS'64, who then 
introduced the members of the Yearbook 
Committee: John Akin, Bill Appleyard, 
Margaret Barry MS'61, Dave Breen, Maryjane 
Casey NC'59, Janet Chute NC'59, James 
Healey, Arthur Kaplan, Bob Latkany, Joe 
Leary, Charles Lynch, Tom Mahoney, Patricia 
Manning Whalen, Jim Marrinan MSW'61, 
Francis Smith MEd'62, Tom Whalen MBA'68, 
and your correspondent. Joe Leary announced 
that the yearbook was dedicated to our late 
classmate Bill Connell and presented the first 
copy to Bill's son Timothy '03. • We send our 
condolences to the families of classmates 
Barbara McCormick Grace of West Hartford, 
CT, who passed away on August 20, 2009, 
and John McEleney of Harwich, who passed 
away on September 9. • Don't forget to send in 
a check for $50 for your class dues to BC 
Class of '59, Alumni House, 825 Centre St., 
Newton, MA 02458. 

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Correspondent: Maryjane Mulvanity Casey 

75 Savoy Road 

Needham, MA 02492; 781-400-5405 

The distribution of our golden reunion 
yearbooks was the occasion for a class minire- 
union. Honey (Good) McLaughlin hosted a 
delightful luncheon for the '59ers at her home. 
It was great fun to reminisce together over our 
wonderful Newton College experience! Those 
attending included Nancy (Maslen) Burk- 
holder, Janet Chute, Janet (Phillips) Connelly, 
Maryjane (Mulvanity) Casey, Janet (Frantz) 
Egan, Joanne (O'Connor) Hynek, Kathleen 
(Kingston) Lawlor MA 63, Gini (Little) Water- 
man-Casey, and Ellen Egan Stone. • It is with 
great sadness that we report the loss of Walter 
and Ann (Foley) Flanagan's son John on 
Christmas Eve 2008. Our class extends its 
deepest sympathy to Ann and Walter in their 
great loss. • Any news would be most welcome! 
Happy springtime, everyone! 


Correspondent: Joseph R. Carty 
253 River Street 
Norwell, MA 02061 

Well, ladies and gentlemen, the time is fast 
approaching for our 50th anniversary. Where 
has the time gone? Plans for the big weekend of 
June 4-6 are moving along. For you golfers, on 
June 3 there will be a golf outing at the Charles 
River Country Club. The weather for our 
reunion will have sun guaranteed! In the 
spring, you will be receiving a packet for the 
week of the reunion. The Yearbook Committee, 
including Peter Johnson, Pauline (LeBlanc) 
Doherty, and Al Hyland, has been working 
feverishly to meet the deadlines for production. 
• Condolences to the family of William 

prior to the Golden Eagles weekend. A 
September kickoff dinner at the BC Club of 
Boston was among several events in 2009, 
and in March 2010, there will be golf outings, 
the Philharmonic performance, St. Patrick's 
Day parade, and social gatherings in Naples, 
FL. Newton College graduates have been 
included in the invitation to all these events. 
• In November, a Newton College group from 
the Boston area gathered at the Lanam Club in 
Andover, as guests of Carole Higgins O'Connor, 
for a minireunion luncheon. A photographer 
took a group picture that we hope to add to 
our 50th reunion yearbook. The Reunion 
Planning Committee has worked diligently 
to have as many classmates as possible partic- 
ipate in our section of the Class of i960 
Golden Eagles yearbook. Pat Beattie McDon- 
ald has offered to put together a class video to 
share at our Saturday evening dinner. If you 
have photos from college, reunions, or other 
gatherings with classmates, please send them 

In November, a Newton College group from the 
Boston area gathered at the Lanam Club in Andover, 
as guests of Carole Higgins O'Connor, for a 
minireunion luncheon. 

Gorman, PhD'78, who passed away recently. 
He was a retired teacher. We extend our 
sympathy also to Lydia (McCarthy) Ferrigan of 
Woodbridge, IL, whose son Peter recently died. 
• Charlie Hayes relates that two of his sons have 
recently been promoted to the rank of captain in 
the Navy. • I heard from Tom Cunnally, who is 
living in Mountain View, CA. Tom often thinks 
of Bob Cawley, who passed away a while ago. 
Both Marines, they were buddies at the Boston 
Navy Yard in Charlestown, and they had a 
dream to come to BC. At freshman convocation, 
they were sitting side by side. What a surprise. 
They did a number of things together. In Korea, 
Bob was severely wounded in the chest with 
shrapnel, and he spent a great deal of time 
recuperating at the Chelsea Naval Hospital. 
Eventually the two were guards finishing out 
their military service. Tom will never forget 
what a great guy Bob was. • A number of your 
classmates are members of the Reunion Com- 
mittee: Grace (McLaughlin) Carty, Ed Doherty 
MBA'73, Joyce Dwyer MS'64, Vm Failla (trea- 
surer), Stan Gabis, Jack Kilkelly, Coley Foley 
MBA'70, Fred O'Neill, Dick Pierce, Donna and 
Joe Steinkrauss, Jane Sullivan, Martha (Cadi- 
gan) Sullivan MS'63, Jack Winchenbaugh, John 
Armstrong, and Joe Carty. Make the reunion a 
great success by being there! Make your plans 
early. Meet people you haven't seen in years or 
since we graduated. 

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Correspondent: Patricia McCarthy Dorsey 
53 Clarke Road 
Needham, MA 02492 

This academic year has been a busy one, 
focusing on our upcoming 50th reunion, 
June 4-6. The BC/NC committee has been 
planning events to bring classmates together 

to Pat by March 15. Her address is 45 Glen 
Avon Drive, Riverside, CT 06878. • Ed and 
Jeanne Hanrihan Connolly enjoyed a trip to 
Lucerne, Switzerland, with daughters Jeanne 
and Anne. They met with Edmund Jr., who 
now lives in Dubai, and celebrated Ed Sr.'s 
birthday. Later, Jeanne and Ed traveled on to 
visit friends in London. • Happy news for 
Nana Berenice Hackett Davis! Her son David 
Blessing '91 and his wife, Nancy, welcomed 
twin boys on October 15, 2009. Riley Price and 
Graham Davis join big brother Michael Joseph 
and sister Ava Elizabeth. The twins had much 
to be thankful for, as they were able to join 
their family at home for the first time on 
Thanksgiving night. • Brenda Horrigan 
Kowalski wrote that she and Bud are retired, 
and after caring for ill parents, and having 
their own health issues, both are doing well. 
They celebrated their 50th wedding anniver- 
sary the day after Christmas. All four of their 
sons and their families live within two and a 
half hours of them on the Cape. They are 
blessed with one grandson and three grand- 
daughters. She and Bud volunteer in their 
church thrift shop, and Brenda loves cooking 
once a month for the Noah homeless shelter 
in Hyannis and for Skip, a soup kitchen in 
Provincetown. They enjoyed a trip to Eastern 
Europe last fall and are looking forward to 
attending our 50th reunion. 


Correspondents: Dave and Joan Angino 

3 Earl Road 
Bedford, MA 01730; 781-275-6334 

Nancy Magri Dubin sent us the following: 
"Nursing classmates, save the dates September 
11-12, 2010, for a Connell School reunion on 


Cape Cod. Lois Lane Carroll, MS'88, and I will 
be the contact persons for the event. Con- 
tact us at (Lois) or ndu- (Nancy) for details. We 
will need e-mail addresses or phone numbers 

true sense of Christmas. I forwarded it to 
those I have on my NC'6i e-mail list, and Sr. 
Judy Vollbrecht said she was going to forward 
it to as many as she could as well. Thanks, 
Patsy. • Ellen MacDonald Carbone and her 

Gen. Jack Sheehan '62, U.S. Marine Corps retired, was 
the main speaker at the dedication of Boston College's 
memorial to alumni who have died in the line of duty 
in U.S. military conflicts since World War I. 

for later updates. We hope to see everyone 
there." • Fred and Sara Welch Haynes divide 
their time between their home in Wellesley 
and their summer place in Chatham. They 
have 4 children, 3 of whom went to BC, 
and 10 grandchildren. Sara has worked as a 
volunteer liaison for same-day surgery at 
Newton-Wellesley Hospital and as an instructor 
for volunteers. • Condolences to Kay Molloy 
O'Meara on the death of her husband in fall 
2009. • Donna and Bob Sullivan recently 
celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. 
They live in Easton and have two children. Son 
Mike graduated from BC in '91. Bob is still 
active in his brokerage business in an office in 
Brockton that he opened for Moors Cabot in 
1978. Bob has given up skiing but plays lots of 
golf. • Jack Joyce, MBA'70, and Tom Martin 
are starting to develop plans for our very busy 
50th anniversary year. If you would like to help 
on their committee, contact Jack at 617-217- 
6139. How many members did we have in the 
Class of '61, including night school and the 
graduate school of nursing? Seven hundred 
and ninety-two. Jack's wife, Nancy, gave a tour 
at the McMullen Museum for several of our 
classmates who attended the alumni memor- 
ial Mass on November 8. • I happened to meet 
Roger Sweeney at a golf tournament at his 
club in Walpole. He is retired, lives in Med- 
field, and works at keeping his handicap in the 
low double digits. Roger plays golf very fre- 
quently with Bob Derba, Norm Towle, and 
Dick Gill. The four of them went to Matignon 
High School together and remain close 
friends. Bob and Norm go back to the first 
grade together but refuse to tell any good tales. 
Congratulations to Dick, who was just vdted 
into the Matignon High School Sports Hall of 
Fame. • Our condolences to the family of 
James F. Walsh Jr., PhD'76, of Canton, who 
passed away on September 16, 2009. 

NC I961 

Correspondent: Missy Clancy Rudman 
1428 Primrose Lane 
Franklin, TN 37064 

A heads-up reminder to us all (I won't say 
from whom) that our 50th anniversary is 
about 15 months away. That means we need to 
circle our calendar (for 2 on) or put a string 
on our collective fingers to remind ourselves 
to start planning and communicating. • Our 
thanks to Patsy Keating, who sent a wonderful 
poem, "Twas the Month before Christmas," 
about how the PC (as in politically correct) and 
commercial world has wrecked havoc on the 

family are well. • I had a quick note from 
Mookie Stehling Kamps, saying that she 
would be sending news to me soon. • Beth 
Good Wadden wrote that she is teaching 
elementary school and is also an instructor at 
her daughter's yoga school. When I think of 
getting my body down on the floor..! • In 
November, Bob and I had the privilege of 
meeting and talking with New York's Arch- 
bishop Timothy Dolan, who was the featured 
speaker at the Aquinas College Benefit Dinner 
in Nashville. • Keep our troops in your prayers. 
I hope all is well with you and yours. 


Correspondents: Frank and Eileen 

(Irish) Faggiano 
33 Gleason Road 
Reading, MA 01867; 781-944-0720 

On November n, Gen. Jack Sheehan, U.S. 
Marine Corps retired, was the main speaker at 
the dedication of Boston College's memorial to 
alumni who have died in the line of duty in U.S. 
military conflicts since World War I. The 70- 
foot-long, 2-foot-high serpentine wall of rough- 
cut granite blocks, capped with polished granite 
panels, bears 209 names. It is located at the 
north end of the Burns Library Lawn. Jack grew 
up in Somerville, and he and his wife, Margaret, 
currently live in Virginia Beach, VA. He is a 
Silver Star recipient and the only four-star 
general in the history of BC. • Members of the 
i960 and 1961 BC baseball teams were hon- 
ored between the third and fourth quarters of 
the BC-Central Michigan football game on 
October 31. These are the only baseball teams in 
the history of Boston College to compete in two 
consecutive College World Series in Omaha. 
The teams included the following 1962 gradu- 
ates: Charlie Bunker, Chuck Chevalier, Paul 
Comeau, John Coyle, Bill Cunis, Frank Fag- 
giano, Jerry Greely, Bob Gundermann, Bernie 
Kilroy, and Bill Novelline. Other members of 
the team included Bob Martin '61 (captain), 
Dave Bowen '60, Bill Dailey '60, Bob DeFelice 
'63, Art Graham '63, Bob Graham '61, Gerry 
Hamel '61, Tom Martin '61, Bob Niemiec '61, 
John Nugent '61, Bill Robinson '61, Jack 
Schoppmeyer '60, Dave Bilodeau '61, Tom 
McGahan '66, Jack McGann '63, Mo Maloney 
'60, Frank Robotti '61, Bob Ciero '64, Ed Harri- 
son '61, Nick Vertullo '60, and freshman coach 
Eddie Miller '57, MBA'68, DEd'90. Twenty- 
three members of the team and their wives and 
guests were present at the game and gathered 
later for a dinner hosted by Athletic Director 
Gene DeFilippo. The evening began with a 

replaying of Tom Martin's video of the speech 
legendary coach Eddie Pellegrini gave at his 
retirement party. The players received com- 
memorative watches for their special achieve- 
ment and spent the evening reminiscing. • Our 
condolences are extended to the family of Mary 
Melea Chambers (School of Nursing), who died 
on October 28, 2009. 

NC I962 

Correspondent: Mary Ann Brennan Keyes 

26 Ridgewood Crossing 
Hingham, MA 02043 

Bobbi Schroetter Speck writes: "Our family 
winery in Canada's Niagara Peninsula, Henry 
of Pelham, has had some recent coverage in 
U.S. publications. We had a fabulous feature 
article in Fine Cooking (October/November 
2009). In Bon Appetit, there was a write-up in 
the travel section in June 2009, and one of our 
dessert wines was listed as one of the 
10 favorites in October. We will also be in Wall- 
paper in December. Descriptions of our wines, 
as well as some interesting stuff on family 
history and lots of photos, is available on our 
website: Better still, 
come visit me in Toronto, and I'll give you a 
tour and tasting myself!" • I bumped into Paul 
'62, JD'65, and Mary Hallisey McNamara at a 
fundraiser recently. Mary looks younger than 
ever, and it was fun catching up with her. Son 
Bernie and his wife, Michele, live in Concord 
with their two girls, whom Mary loves having 
nearby. Son Paul '94 worked for FOX in New 
York City for three years, writing for Shepard 
Smith. He has since taken a job in LA as exec- 
utive producer of Hollywood 411, a news and 
entertainment show. Mary was looking for- 
ward to having Paul; his wife, Jessie; and their 
son, Callum, come from LA for Christmas. 
Mary sees Maura O'Neill Overlan, who has 
retired to Middletown, RI, where she can usu- 
ally be found on the golf course. Maura also 
plays tennis regularly with Jo Egan Maguire 
NC'63, MA'72. • Carol Carson Musso has 
recently moved to Webster, NY, but goes to 
Florida for the winter and hopes to join the 
NC'62 snowbird annual luncheon on the West 
Coast this March. • Ellen Markey Thurmond 
and I are looking forward to seeing Alice 
Hurley Dickinson when she is in Boston for 
a quick visit in December. • It is with great 
sadness that I report that Parti Joyce Figge's 
husband, John, died this past October. 


Correspondent: Matthew J. McDonnell 

121 Shore Avenue 

Quincy, MA 02169; 617-479-1714 

I received an e-mail from Jim Cradock, 
chiding me for omitting our classmate Jim 
Daly from the list (in the Summer issue) of 
BC High grads who attended the school's 
50th. My apologies! I, too, had met Jimbo and 
his wife, Barbara, at the reunion. Jimbo is a 
retired teacher from the Boston Public Schools 
but remains the club pro at the Boston Athletic 
Club, where he is coming up on 25 years in 


that position, having been club pro at Playoff 
Racquetball Club in Braintree for eight years 
prior to that. I was a member at Playoff, and 
actually played Jimbo once, a very humbling 
experience. Jimbo has won more racquetball 
championships than he can count. He and 
Barbara raised four kids (all of them accom- 
plished racquetballers) in Quincy and are now 
empty-nesting in a condo in Braintree and 
enjoying their two grandchildren. • I had an 
e-mail from, and a follow-up phone call with, 
Wayne Budd, who continues as senior counsel 
at Goodwin Procter in Boston. He shared the 
wonderful news that his oldest daughter, Kim, 
was recently sworn in as an associate justice of 
the Massachusetts Superior Court. A graduate 
of Georgetown University and Harvard Law 
School, she clerked for the chief judge of the 
Appeals Court and was an associate in the 
Boston law firm of Mintz Levin. She also 
worked in the U.S. Attorney's Office, as well as 
in Harvard's General Counsel's Office. She 
may be the first child of any of our classmates 
to become a judge. Let's discuss! In any event, 
hearty congratulations to father and daughter! 
• Henry A. Perras has been selected for 
inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2010. 
Henry is a partner at Quarles & Brady in the 
firm's Phoenix office. • May I have some 
alumni news from you? 

NC I963 

Correspondent: Colette Koechley McCarty 

106 Woodhue Lane 

Cary, NC 27518; 919-233-056} 

Some of you may remember Mary Westphal 
Richardson, who was with us for our fresh- 
man year. Mary had spent four years with 
Sheila Mahony at the Convent of the Visitation 
in St. Paul and then one year at Newton. She 
returned to St. Paul to finish at St. Catherine's 
College. Mary died in early November of 
ovarian cancer. Our prayers are with her 
family. • In late October, Susan McAuliffe 
Brown's husband, Borden, passed away. They 
lived in West Hartford, CT, and have four adult 
children and seven grandchildren. Nancy 
Gleiman, MEd'79, forwarded his obituary to 
me, for which I was grateful. Our prayers are 
with Susan and her family. • I haven't 
heard any more about the proposed New York 
December trip — any news? 


Correspondent: John Moynihan 
27 Rockland Street 
Swampscott, MA 01907 

The names of five classmates — Herbert 
Dilger, James Dooley. Dan Kellett. Tom 
Morris, and Fred Rauscher — are inscribed on 
the new BC Veterans Memorial. Paul Lufkin 
was cochair of the committee that raised the 
funds to build the 70-foot, black granite wall. I 
viewed it with Bob Scavullo when he was here 
from San Francisco in November. • After 
many years in Indonesia, Jim Spillane. SJ, 
MA' 68, MDI'76, will move to St. Augustine 
University of Tanzania in January to help 

in the implementation of the three-year under- 
graduate tourism management program. 

• Mary Seidel has retired and moved from 
Seattle to Brunswick, ME. • A mid- July golf 
outing served as a reunion event for Al Sulli- 
van. Larry Crowley, and Harry Kushigian. Al 
retired from the Navy as a captain and then 
began a 25-year career as an independent 
insurance agent. Currently, he is a USGA 
rules official for the New England region. 
Larry had a 30-year career with a number of 
investment banks in New York City and Hous- 
ton. Harry continues to stay busy with his 
insurance business, Meridien Benefits Group. 

• Mike Costello, Michael Ford, SJ, MDI'75, and 
I traveled to Rutland, VT, last summer to visit 
with Art Crandall. • Steve Duffy and daughter 
Stephanie were in town to view the Central 
Michigan game and visit the BC Admissions 
Office. Steve's younger daughter, Ellen, was 
recently named to the 13-15 U.S. National 
Team for synchronized swimming. • Dick 
O'Brien met up with BC High classmate and 
BC chaplain Don MacMillan, SJ, '66, MDI'72, 
at the funeral of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 
H'90. • I met Saratoga's Emmet McCarthy at 
the alumni memorial Mass in November. 

• I recently learned of the death, in 2005, of 
Fr. Charlie Robak. Charlie served as a Mary- 
knoll priest in South Korea and Vietnam for 
most of his life. • George DeAngelis of 
Norfolk, VA, died in July. George had a lengthy 
career with the Department of the Navy's 
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, where he 
served as a civilian inspector of U.S. naval 
facilities throughout the world. Mike Hunt, an 
attorney in Rocky Point, NY, passed away in 
September. • Trivia Question: Which class 
members are in the BC Varsity Club Hall of 
Fame, and what were their sports? 

NC I964 

Correspondent: Priscilla Weinlandt Lamb 

125 Elizabeth Road 

New Rochelle, NY 10804; 914-636-0214 

That may have been a small reunion back in 
June, but it did, happily, generate a rather 
sizable amount of news. I received an e-mail 
from a classmate identifying herself as "one 
who was never around on weekends while we 
were at Newton, but I do attend reunions!" 

are all young and keeping us on our toes. Terry 
is retired from education, and I'm keeping 
busy with a part-time job that I love. Noting 
how few classmates were at the reunion, and 
wondering whether apathy or illness had kept 
them away, I quickly planned a trip to the 
Canadian Rockies when I got home. White- 
water rafting calls while we are still able!" 
• Vivian Walter writes that she and Bobbie 
Thompson Cadle were sorry to miss the 
reunion, but they had the opportunity to have 
their own minireunion at Vivian's home on 
Kauai, where they enjoyed "catching up after 
many years. What fun it was!" • Carol Sorace 
Whalen did such a great job reporting reunion 
news that I haven't had the space, in the past 
issues, to include all her observations. She told 
me that the "dinner at Alumni House was 
lovely and that it was wonderful to be together 
in our old library. My favorite part of the 
weekend was Mass in the Newton chapel. The 
Jesuit priest celebrating the Mass, the late 
Fr. William Mclnnes '44, MA'51, STL'58, 
from Boston College, seemed to explain the 
message of Pentecost Sunday and weave it 
with all the threads of the reunion weekend, 
reminding us of how what we learned at New- 
ton has influenced our lives for so many years 
since." • And a final thought: apparently, there 
was some discussion during the reunion 
about the increase in parents "sponsoring" 
their grown children. May they remember this 
when we need to be "sponsored." 


UNION 2010 

Correspondent: Patricia McNulty Harte 

6 Everett Avenue 

Winchester, MA 01890; 781-729-1187 

Mike and Nancy (Brox) Jones recently 
returned from Egypt. She said it was very 
exciting, and the food was fantastic. • Tom 
Riley has been the dean of the College of Arts, 
Humanities, and Social Sciences at North 
Dakota State University-Fargo since 1996. He 
is also director of the North Dakota Institute of 
Regional Studies housed there. In November 
2008, he was adopted into the End of the Trail 
Beaver Lineage of the Raven Moiety of the 
Tlingit at a potlatch in Angoon, AK. Last 
August, he and wife Ann hosted Justin Sparks 
McLaughlan and Gerry Kiley, MSW'74, at 

Doug LaBrecque '65 recently returned from Ghana. 
He is involved with education and training in liver 
disease in developing nations. 

That would be Anne Marie Peckham Russell, 

who continued, "Although attendance was 
sparse at our 45th, those of us who did attend 
certainly enjoyed catching up on the lives 
of fellow classmates. Age brings a certain 
perspective, and there were engaging conver- 
sations that I wish could have continued. I 
have been living on the Cape with my husband, 
Terry, since our wedding 45 years ago this 
past June 13. Can we really be that old? Ha! 
Yes! We have a son, Mark; a daughter, Court- 
ney; and four wonderful grandchildren who 

their summer home in Kennebunk Beach, 
ME. Ann and Tom have four daughters 
and three grandchildren. • Ron Sarno '65, 
MA/PHL'66, has opened a new law firm in 
Manhattan with Jim DeFelice. The firm seives 
the business and personal legal needs of 
realtors and builders in New York City. Ron 
also has an office in New Jersey. His daughter 
Niamh has dual citizenship with Ireland and 
is completing her MEd in education at St. 
Peter's College. Ron is celebrating the 50th 
anniversary of his graduation from St. Peter's 


Prep in Jersey City. • We recently saw Doug 
LaBrecque at a Shaw Society function at the 
McMullen Museum. Doug recently returned 
from Ghana. He is involved with education 
and training in liver disease in developing 
nations. Doug was in Boston for a meeting of 
the American Association for the Study of 
Liver Diseases, for which he is a member of 
the governing council. Doug and Judy live in 
Iowa City and have eight grandchildren. The 
Shaw Society meeting was chaired by Jim 
Mahoney, and many of our classmates 
attended as an early 45th reunion function. 
• Five of our classmates' names are listed on 
the newly dedicated BC Veterans Memorial: 
Louis D. Dobbin II, 1st lieutenant; Robert 
P. Rumley Jr., captain; Paul J. Sullivan, 1st 
lieutenant; Lucien C. Tessier, captain; and 
Michael P. Vaughan, 1st lieutenant. 

NC I965 

Correspondent: Linda Mason Crimmins 

3902 MacGregor Drive 
Columbia, SC 29206 

Margaret Schmitt Schmidt has successfully 
finished eight months of cancer treatments, 
and she and her husband celebrated with a 
cruise up the New England and Canadian 
Maritime coast. One of the stops was Halifax, 
where Margaret thought of Simone Poirier- 
Bures, who was "the first person I ever met 
from there." Simone has written a book on 
growing up in Halifax, titled Candyman, which 
Margaret read and enjoyed. • Ginny O'Hara 

Divinity School of Texas Christian University. 
Dr. Osiek will discuss her latest book, A 
Woman's Place. Thanks to the efforts of the late 
Priscilla Durkin, our class enjoys a unique 
relationship with the McMullen Museum. In 
recognition of that relationship, Nancy Netzer, 
the museum's director, has invited us to a 
private viewing of the exhibit Asian Journeys: 
Collecting Art in Postwar America and to a 
cocktail reception in the McMullen galleries 
on Saturday evening just prior to our class din- 
ner. • I hope that all these wonderful events, 
coupled with the opportunity to reconnect 
with old friends who shared a life-changing 
Newton experience, will motivate you to share 
in the happy occasion of our 45th reunion. 
Make your plans now! Your only regret will be 
in not being there! • Happy spring! 


Boston College Alumni Association 

825 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 02458 

We have sad news from the Class of '66. Ed 
Toomey writes: "It was a sad day on September 
n, 2009, in Osterville at the funeral Mass of 
our classmate Dan Hostetter, who fought a 22- 
month battle with a rare form of sinonasal 
cancer. Dan was a true lover of sports. He won 
a football scholarship to BC; loved to ski down 
the slopes in Stowe, VT; and above all was the 
envy of all who played golf with him. Dan was 
quite accomplished in the restaurant business 
and in real estate development on Cape Cod 

During November, the Marblehead Arts Association 
featured a showing of new paintings by Susan Korzeneski 
Burgess NC'66, titled "Come to Water's Edge." 

Bowker, Barbara Sweeney Kenny, and Joan 
Walsh Rossi MA'66 got together in Scituate 
over the summer. Joan and her husband, Jack 
'64, enjoyed a tour of the national parks' in 
Arizona, Utah, and Wyoming in the fall. • Sad 
news comes from Nancy Cunniff McCole, 
who reports the passing of our classmate 
Suzanne Tenner Bangert due to lung cancer. 
Nancy and Sue were roommates for the first 
two years at Newton before Sue transferred to 
the University of Minnesota. Condolences to 
Sue's family and to Nancy, who lost a close 
friend. Nancy lives in Maryland, where she 
works at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant as 
a project controls analyst. • Donna Cianelli, 
Barbara Sweeney Kenny, Gretchen Monagan 
Sterling MEd'70, and Susan Wilson Wasi- 
lauskas are busily preparing for our 45th 
reunion on June 4-6. Events for the weekend 
will include a dinner for our class on the New- 
ton campus on Saturday evening and the tradi- 
tional Mass on Sunday morning in Trinity 
Chapel, followed by a brunch in Stuart Hall. A 
seminar on Saturday afternoon, specifically 
designed for Newton alumnae, will be led by 
Carolyn Osiek, the Catholic Distinguished 
Visiting Professor of New Testament at Brite 

and in Vermont. He often told me his greatest 
accomplishment was his love of family. Dan 
leaves his wife of 42 years, Priscilla; his daugh- 
ter, Kristin '90; his sons, Dan Jr. '92 and Adam; 
and seven grandchildren. The Mass was 
attended by many BC alumni, who considered 
him a true friend. Also, Jim McCarthy writes: 
"John J. Forde died on September 17 at his home 
in Sudbury. He is survived by his wife of 30 
years, Sharon, and his son, Christopher, of Jack- 
sonville, FL, Naval Air Base. He is also survived 
by his sister, Maureen Forde Quinlan, and 
brother-in-law Paul Quinlan, PhD'74. He was 
predeceased by his brother, Kevin Forde '71. 
John was a Navy helicopter combat search and 
rescue pilot in Squadron HC-7 in Vietnam and 
worked for Digital Equipment for 23 years as a 
marketing product manager." Please keep these 
classmates and their families in your prayers. 

NC I966 

Correspondent: Catherine Beyer Hurst 

4204 Silent Wing 

Santa Fe, NM 87507; 505-474-3162 

During November, the Marblehead Arts Associ- 
ation featured a showing of new paintings 
by Susan Korzeneski Burgess. Titled "Come to 
Water's Edge," this collection features work in 
which Susan "tries to translate the dialogue 
between the moving water and the shore 
that meets it." • Louise Mazyck Woodruff 
reports that she is "not retired yet" and enjoys 
her work as a manufacturer's rep. She sells 
fabrics, trims, rugs, and furniture to the 
interior design trade and travels quite a bit to 
trade shows and to visit her New England 
customers. She and Jim have taken a few "spon- 
taneous" long weekend trips. They mark off the 
date a year in advance but don't plan where 
they're going until the last minute. "If the dates 
don't get blocked out, nothing happens!" Recent 
trips have been to Disney World, Paris, London, 
and Amsterdam. • Ros Moore says her magic 
number is "two." She works two days a week in 
her clinical practice, she is in two book groups, 
and she has two "wondrous" granddaughters, 
whom she babysits two times a week. Ros 
reports that "after my sister Kildeen died three 
years ago, I got very focused on living each day 
with the ones you love." • Dan and Karen 
(Hilton) Viriello have been married for 42 years 
and have lived in Reston, VA, for the past 30 
years. Both are recently retired. • Let me make 
one more pitch for you to join Facebook! I have 
located a number of classmates and established 
a "Newton College Class of 1966" Facebook 
group. The group has 16 members and is 
growing! Current members include Mary Lou 
Wachsmith, Caroline "Skeetie" McCabe, Mau- 
reen Dwyer Smith, Judy Mullen Connorton, 
Jane Bianco Kelly, Peggy O'Connor Delozier, 
Beth Gundlach, Marilyn Bohrer Dewar, Sandra 
Puerini Del Sesto, Kathy Brosnan Dixon, Karen 
Vitiello, Mary Kay Brincko Peterson, Mary Ann 
Pasquale Jurek, Karen Carry O'Toole, Karen 
Lally Manzo, and Catherine Beyer Hurst. 


Correspondents: Charles and 

Mary-Anne Benedict 

84 Rockland Place 

Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464 

It was good to see Rev. Nick Sannella, Ron Logue 
MBA'74, Bob St. Germain, Judy Shea Pirolli 
MS '74, and Jack Keating at the Pops on the 
Heights concert in September. • More recently, a 
large group of classmates who are military veter- 
ans gathered at BC on November 11, Veterans 
Day, to be present at the dedication of a veterans 
memorial, located on the Burns Library side of 
Bapst. Present were Mary-Anne (Navy) and 
Charles Benedict MBA'70 (USMC), Cindy (Navy) 
and Al Butters, and John St. George (Army), who 
also served as deacon at the remembrance Mass. 
Also present and accounted for were Dick 
Powers (Navy), Bob Wilde (Army), Marty Paul 
(Army), Norm Welch, and Joe O'Leary JD'70 
(Navy). Denise Roberto Delaney attended with 
hubby Paul Delaney '65 (Army), who cochaired 
the fundraising effort for the memorial. Dick 
and Bob flew in from Florida, as did Ralph and 
Pris (Tessier) DiSena. Pris's brother Lucien 
Tessier '65 is listed on the memorial. He was a 
captain in the Marines in Vietnam. We have three 
classmates listed on the memorial: Dennis J. 
Reardon (USMC), John F. Fitzgibbons (Army), 


and Michael B. Counihan (Army). The names 
of 209 BC alumni are engraved on the black 
granite memorial, representing all BC alumni 
who died in sendee from World War I to Iraq and 
Afghanistan. The speaker at the dedication was 
Gen. Jack Sheehan '62, USMC retired. 

NC I967 

Correspondent: M. Adrienne Tarr Free 

3627 Great Laurel Lane 

Faiifax, VA 22033-1212; 703-709-0896 

Richard and Anne (Caswell) Prior welcomed 
Anna Sophie Wilson to their family on 
May 25. She is being royally spoiled by her 
three-year-old brother. • Pat and Joan Cooper 
Curran have a first, also a granddaughter, 
named Ashlyn Marie, born on August 4 to 
daughter Katie '97 and Tom Kelley in Port- 
land, OR. Joan has enjoyed several delightful 
visits with the little one, including back in 
Georgia, where Ashlyn was introduced to her 
great-grandmother, Joan's mother. Joan 
enjoyed an October evening with Meg Har- 
rington Tyre and Sherie Mullin Welch, catch- 
ing up on old times, since Joan and Meg share 
high-school memories as well. Meg and Sherie 
were together in Atlanta to play in a golf tour- 
nament, with similar outings planned for the 
coming year. But that is not the last of the new 
baby girls: Vincent '65 and Mary Ann Peters 
Giffuni added a granddaughter in September, 
when Emily joined Wade (2) as the children of 
Sara '94 and Rob Joseph '91. • It turns out, the 
families of Sandy McGrath Huke and Nancy 
Scheiderbauer Mahoney continue to be linked. 
Sandy's daughter Heidi met Tyler Reese at the 
wedding of Nancy's daughter Molly to Jon 
Reese, Tyler's brother, in 2003. This past July 
11, Heidi married Tyler in a beautiful outdoor 
ceremony at the Tides Inn in the Northern 
Neck of Virginia. Luckily it wasn't the follow- 
ing day, when a hurricane-like wind blew 
through the area, taking out the power, closing 
down the inn, and forcing the guests to relo- 
cate. These included Pat Ryan Barry, Nancy 
Shea Cotton, and Carol O'Donoghue McGarry, 
who had come to celebrate with all involved. 
The Reese brothers work in the family busi- 
ness in Greensburg, PA, where both young 
couples now live. • I finally reconnected, via e- 
mail, with Marilyn Santos Velayo. All is well 
with her family, but she hopes everyone will 
keep the Philippines in their prayers. The 
country has been through three typhoons in 
recent months, and many areas are devastated 
after the storms. • Several prayer requests 
popped up within the class recently, so please 
keep your e-mail addresses current. And never 
hesitate to send prayer requests or updates. 
Lots of us are praying for our recent requests. 
• For now, I hope you had a wonderful holiday 
season and are beginning to see signs of 
spring. Write and let me know about it. 


Correspondent: Judith Anderson Day 

The Brentwood 323 

11500 San Vicente Boulevard 

Los Angeles, CA 90049 

Another hefty mailbag here! • In September, 
many former Fenwickites and their wives 
gathered on Cape Cod to share laughter and 
memories. The attendees were Pat and John 
Young and Peggy and Gerry Campane from 
Maryland; Martha and Frank Voytek from 
Miami; and Bob Burke from Jacksonville. Joining 
them were Ed Amento from Northern Califor- 
nia and Becky and Rory Rooney from Min- 
neapolis, Tim Arnstein and Tom Stellato from 
New York, Linda and Bill Menosky from Con- 
necticut, and Rhoda and John Molta from New 
Jersey. Also attending were Janet and Peter 
Andrade and Bob Tonsmeire and his wife, 
Joan O'Brien '70, from Massachusetts. Friday 
evening hosts were Mary Jane and Frank 
Fernino, who are now retired and living in 
North Falmouth. Saturday hosts were Mary 
and Gerry Wojkowski of Marstons Mills. 
George Burns phoned from Philadelphia to 
send greetings to all. A rain-drenched golfing 
foursome included Peter, Rory, Bob Burke, 
and Bob Tonsmeire, while Frank provided 
tours of the Cape. Happy memories for all! 
• Another fun '68 reunion was celebrated last 
year. Former senior year roommates celebrat- 
ing in Alaska included Laurie McHeffey, Bill 
Gosz, Jack McDonnell, Edward "Mickey" 
McDonald, Tom Mizo JD'72, and John P. God- 
frey (JP, formerly of the Leafmen, guitar and 
vocals fame). The gang planned to join Billy 
Kelty and Tusker for the BC-ND game this 
year. • Bill Plunkert has retired and is working 
in the Spirituality Center in Georgetown's 
Holy Trinity parish. His daughter Julie was 
married in August in Herndon, VA, and his 
son was married in 2007. The families live 
nearby and visit often. • Mary Sullivan-Tansey 
and husband Owen live in Lake Arrowhead, 
CA. They met when Mary, Susan (Rowen) 
James, Judy (O'Brien) Pence, and Paula (Tier- 
ney) Derome all headed west to Los Angeles 
after graduation. Mary is the supervisor of a 
large outpatient behavioral health clinic, after 
working 15 years in a neonatal ICU. Her chil- 
dren live all over the world; many are active in 
the military and others in education and social 
work. Mary has three grandsons: Nicholas, 
Aidan, and Donovan. • The Boston College 
Veterans Memorial was dedicated in a solemn 
ceremony on campus in November. No other 
BC class sacrificed more treasure during the 
Vietnam War than our Class of 1968. Forever 
in our hearts and prayers will remain these six 
honored classmates: Michael Monahan, 
USMC; Christopher Markey, USMC; Robert 
Hauer, USAF; Frederick Harrington, Army; 
Louis Favuzza, Army; and Steven Donaldson, 
USMC. God bless them all! 

NC I968 

Correspondent: Kathleen Hastings Miller 
8 Brookline Road 
Scarsdale, NY 10583 

I am happy to report that our Newton at Napa 
2010 reunion, scheduled for late September, is 
generating a lot of interest. Don't miss out! 
E-mail for details. 
• Speaking of reunions, whoever said all roads 
lead to Rome? I think New York wins out 
lately. Jim '67 and Susie Derry Hughes were in 
town for a grammar school reunion and 

wedding in late October and met Joe and Jane 
Sullivan Burke and me for dinner. Mark '68 
and Kathy Hogan Mullaney came down for a 
conference on Long Island a few weeks later, 
and I joined them for dinner with Bernie '68 
and Martha Harrington Kennedy. • Bernadette 
"Pi" Fogel Mansur and Ellen Flynn journeyed 
up from Manhattan to have dinner with Jane, 
Ellen Mooney Mello, and me in early Decem- 
ber. Pi is still an EVP with the National Hockey 
League, and Ellen Flynn has started a new 
career as a realtor in Manhattan. Ellen Mello 
and I are dusting off our brains and taking 
bridge lessons once a week. I am also a docent 
at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT. Stop 
in for a tour if you are in the area! • I am so 
happy to have made a new Facebook friend: 
Quealy Antin. She is currently living and 
working in Houston, where she specializes in 
Social Security disability law. She received her 
JD degree from the University of Houston and 
has an MA in theater from Tulane University. 
• Dorothy Largay and I connected via e-mail. 
After Newton, Dorothy got a PhD in psychol- 
ogy from the University of Oregon. She 
started in a clinical practice but eventually 
wound up as a consultant to high-tech and 
biotech companies. She is living in Santa 
Barbara, CA, with her husband, Wayne, and is 
the CEO and founder of the Linked Foundation, 
which supports microfinance and health for 
women in Latin America. She is also board 
chair of Direct Relief International, which 
provides medical supplies to underserved 
people throughout the world. • Thanks for the 
news! Maybe all roads lead to. ..the Internet. 
Let's catch up. 


Correspondent: James R. Littleton 

39 Dale Street 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Neil Maher is still in the Army, stationed at 
Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. He is the 
chief of medical consultants for the surgeon 
general of the Army. Neil previously spent a 
year deployed as a neurologist to a hospital in 
Baghdad. His son Conor is in Brooklyn and 
daughter Kimberley '98 is in graduate school 
in Fairbanks, AK. Christa '95 is at the Library 
of Congress, and she and her husband, Ryan, 
are raising granddaughter Ella. • Kathleen 
(Kilkenny) Brodie had a minireunion at her 
home in Spring Lake Heights, NJ, in July 
2009. Attending were Jennie (Lovatt) Abbate, 
Rene Boise, Maggie (Powers) Ragosa, Elena 
(Vega) Jenewein, and Annelle (Harmon) Lan- 
defeld. • Rick DeMello retired four years ago 
from the Air Force (civil service) after 30 years 
as a budget officer and now serves as chair of 
the Volunteer Committee for the New Mexico 
Veterans' Memorial Foundation. Rick is also 
the treasurer of the New Mexico Federation of 
the National Active and Retired Federal 
Employees Association. Rick and wife Claire 
became grandparents for the first time in 
December 2008 with the arrival of their 
grandson. • Marty Gavin MBA'74. Dick Egan, 
and Jim Littleton were among those attending 
the dedication ceremony of the Boston College 
Veterans Memorial on Burns Library lawn. I 
strongly encourage any classmates returning 


to campus to check out the beautiful Veterans 
Memorial. • I hope all of you are enjoying your 
winter. Please take time to write and let me 
know what is new with you. 

NC I969 

Correspondent: Mary Gabel Costello 
4088 Meadowcreek Lane 
Copley, OH 44321 

Again, I write with sad news: Jo Flynn 
Pouliot, who attended our 40th reunion last 
May, died very suddenly on November 13. 
Three weeks prior to her death, she had been 
diagnosed with multiple forms of cancer. Our 
condolences go out to her family. I know her 
death saddens many of us. • Diane Palmer 
Lilly reports she missed the reunion because 
her daughter Irene was graduating from Col- 
orado College. Irene is teaching eighth-grade 
math and social studies in Jaen, Spain. If 
anyone has contacts there, Diane would like 
to hear from you. She can be reached at 


Correspondent: Dennis Razz Berry 


15 George Street 

Waytand, MA 01778; 508-655-1497 

Hi, gang! Our 40th (can you believe it) 
Reunion Committee is hard at work under 
the steady direction of Mike Mingolelli. The 
location has been settled, and the rest of the 
events are falling in place — but it all means 
nothing unless you make it. See you there! • 
The irrepressible group from Williams Annex 
gathered in late August to celebrate the 
retirement of Jim Lucia, MAT'74, after 39 
years as a seventh-grade teacher at the 
Marshall Middle School in Billerica, a job he 
started the September after graduation. 
Besides the guest of honor, those present 
included Jim Phelan; Paul Loscocco MA'75; 
Mitch Burek, MEd'72, PhD'75; Bob Bouchard 
MS'8o; Jack Hanrahan; and Tony Beirne. Spe- 
cial thanks to Jim's wife, Peggy, for putting the 
party together and for sending along word to 

The irrepressible group from Williams Annex gathered 
in late August to celebrate the retirement of Jim Lucia 
'70, MAT'74, a ft er 39 years as a seventh-grade teacher. • Last June, 
Patricia Szarek Aburdene attended the Oslo 
Summit and Business for Peace Award con- 
ference. She spent three fulfilling days among 
distinguished honorees, speakers, and atten- 
dees — including noted Nobel Prize win- 
ners — from Africa, Asia, Latin America, 
Europe, and the United States. The Business 
for Peace Foundation sponsored the confer- 
ence; its theme: "The World in Recession — A 
Call for a More Ethically Aware Capitalism?" 
On day 2, Patricia spoke, enlightening the 
audience on Conscious Capitalism. She 
praised Norway for vowing to be carbon neu- 
tral by 2030. In Oslo, 80 buses currently tun 
on sewage and save half a Euro per liter. And 
their emissions? Zero! The country is becom- 
ing the green capital of Europe. On day 3, the 
seven finalists for the award were introduced. 
She reports it was her great fortune to spend 
time with finalist Josephine Okot, an entre- 
preneur and founder of Victoria Seeds in 
Uganda who has helped transform its 
refugees into farmers. In Patricia's mind, all 
the finalists won, but the coveted "The Just 
Man" sculpture went to IKEA's Anders 
Dahlvig. Having him win was particularly fun 
for Patricia, because she had cited IKEA's 
value/values proposition, "Champagne Taste 
on a Beer Budget," in her remarks. Way to go, 
Patricia! For more information on Patricia 
and her initiatives, just Google her name. 
• By the way, if you watched the Next Food 
Network Star competition last summer, the 
young, blonde contestant, Jen Isham, was my 
brother's daughter. Unfortunately she was 
voted off on the first show, but she claims she 
had the time of her life! • Got news? 

your favorite columnist. • I made the trip to 
Clemson last fall as part of a group put 
together by two of BC's most loyal fans, Greg 
Miller and Don Therrien. During the game, 
I had a chance to catch up with Charley 
Reagan. Charley and his wife, Joan, live in 
Grosse Pointe, MI, but he keeps his BC con- 
nection strong, as his daughter Katie is a 
member of the Class of 2001 and works at a 
law firm in Boston. • Kevin McCarthy is living 
in Virginia and working for the Fairfax County 
School Department. • Leslie and Mike Patten, 
with daughter Stephanie and son Jonathan, 
are longtime residents of Acton, near his office 
in Chelmsford. Mike is the national sales 
director for a manufacturer of heart 
defibrillator and related emergency medical 
equipment. • After a long day at work and a 
flight to San Diego, I was shocked to hear my 
name called out as I stepped off the Jetway. 
Turns out it was the Squire of San Diego, Bill 
Hughes, JD'73, heading home with his family 
from a trip east. Over the past years, Bill has 
built a very successful solo practice in San 
Diego. He and his wife, Deborah, live in 
La Jolla with their two children, one of whom 
is a freshman at Michigan and the other is an 
eighth-grader. • See you all in the first week- 
end of June; please have lots of information 
for me! 

NC I97O 

UNION 2010 

Correspondent: Fran Dubrowski 
3251 Klingle Road, NW 
Washington, DC 20008 

Eileen Marquette Reilly hosted Pat Quilty 
Halunen, of Kingston, NY, and Chris Ander- 
son Jones, of Murfreesboro, TN, for a Los 
Angeles reunion. Chris's daughter and 
Eileen's stepdaughter planned weddings 
for the same day, so wedding discussions 
dominated. Pat's son Matt, a local, selected 
entertainment not "too raunchy" for the 
"older" generation — a comedy club featuring 
Leno. Eileen comments, "Clearly he needs to 
read up on the 1960s!" • Lois Cartnick Ger- 
mano's daughter Margaret was married last 
summer. Lois lives in Brightwaters, NY; works 
as a retinal photographer; and has four grand- 
children. • Anne Farrell Mehra lives in Ridge- 
wood, NJ, with husband Ashok, has four 
children and one grandchild, and recently 
toured western state parks. • Andrea Moore 
Johnson calls Rita Houlihan's reflection on 
Mary Magdalene at a BC Mass "beautiful, 
compelling, and learned." • Stephanie 
DelGuidice McEvily's son Nick graduated 
from Cornell in green design, interned in 
Germany, and plans to attend Cornell graduate 
school in adaptive reuse/policy manage- 
ment. Son Justin left Goldman Sachs to join 
Macquarie, an Australian bank opening a 
New York office. He spent his leave learning 
sailing, golf, and EMT — an interesting 
combination! Stephanie's mom underwent 
chemotherapy for lymphoma; the cancer is in 
remission, and everyone hopes mom's energy 
will return. Husband Chuck's matrimonial 
legal practice prospers. Stephanie reviews 
trade association contracts and edits four 
monthly and two quarterly legal newsletters — 
a serious workload! Stephanie's only lament: 
"Like many others, we'll be working longer 
than we'd anticipated due to a drop in our 
retirement funds!" • After reviewing her 
retirement funds, Harriet Mullaney decided 
the recession called for vacationing at a 
friend's house. Fortunately, the friend was 
Cathleen Flaherty- Vella. Harriet reports that 
Cathleen and husband Pierre are thriving in 
Paris, an assessment shared by Cathleen, who 
sends love to all and writes: "We are well and 
fit after a wonderful August away by the sea 
and two weeks with Harriet." Cathleen located 
Sylvia Acevedo Lucio in Puerto Rico, but 
couldn't obtain more news. • Lynne McCarthy 
reports: "Retirement is only 4 years, 10 
months, 28 days away.. .but who's counting!" 
Her latest excursion: 12 days in Italy, Cannes, 
Dubrovnik, Corfu, and Barcelona. "The 
thought of it still brings a glow to my 
face. Now it's time to save, save, save." Plan- 
ning retirement in Florida, she notes: "If you 
ignore the aches and pains or the occasional 
forgetfulness, I still think I'm 30 or 40." 
• Cricket Costigan's thriving. Read her news — 
and humor — next column. 


Correspondent: James R. Macho 

gog Hyde Street, Suite 325 

San Francisco, CA g4iog 

Joe Collins reports that John Thomas Flynn 

has been keeping himself quite busy over 
the last several years. After serving as chief 
information officer for the State of California, 
he ran for Congress in 2005, finishing first 


among all the Republican candidates in a 
special election. John lives in the Sacramento 
area and now runs a marketing company serv- 
ing the public sector information technology 
vendor community. His latest project is 
"Technology Leadership Today," a webcast that 
covers IT issues. John's son graduated from 

telling me that he'd gone back for the 
BC-Florida State game with another McElroy 
regular, Mark McCready '73, who's been a 
longtime executive in the paper industry. Cole- 
man has had season football tickets for all 38 
seasons since we graduated. • Next I spoke to 
BC Law fundraiser Mike Spatola, as I was curi- 

This past summer, Bob Sartini '71 backpacked the 
entire 2,666-mile Pacific Crest Trail as a "thru-hiker." 
That brings him to over 10,000 backpacking miles 
since his retirement! 

UCLA last year. His daughter, Katie '05, was 
recently married. One of the highlights of her 
wedding was a rendition of "Heartbreak 
Hotel," performed by John along with BC 
classmates John Mashia, Russ Pavia, Rick 
Ahearn, and Joe Collins. • This past summer, 
Bob Sartini backpacked the entire 2,666-mile 
Pacific Crest Trail as a "thru-hiker." That 
brings him to over 10,000 backpacking miles 
since his retirement! • I need news of your 
activities, accomplishments, and milestones 
so I can continue to write these class notes. 
Please send me your e-mails or place a post on 
the BC online community. I look forward to 
hearing from you! 

NC I97I 

Correspondent: Georgina M. Pardo 
6800 SW 67th Street 
South Miami, FL 33143 

Kathleen McGillycuddy, vice chair of the 
Boston College Board of Trustees and chair 
and founding member of the Council for 
Women of Boston College, was the featured 
speaker at the council's Chicago luncheon on 
October 23, 2009, held at the offices of 
McDermott Will & Emery. Council member 
Christine Franklin cohosted the luncheon. 
Cathy Brienza, who is also a founding 
member of the council, has been appointed 
to the Boston College Board of Trustees. In 
October, Cathy hosted the Full Council dinner 
at the Institute of Culinary Education in 
New York City. 


Correspondent: Lawrence Edgar 

330 South Bairington Avenue, No. 110 

Los Angeles, CA 90049 

I had some more reminders last fall of the 
McElroy dining table that was the headquar- 
ters for BC sports fans in the early 1970s. I 
had a visit from one of the regulars there, Rich 
Cardinali '73, who was in town to direct a TV 
commercial. He was in top form, guessing 
that Mssrs. Ryan '07, Driscoll '69, Guerin '92, 
and Sanchez '10 were BC's top draft picks in 
their sports without having seen the last issue. 
• Next, I had a call from Coleman Szely, CPA, 

ous whether he is an in-law of LA Dodgers 
owner Frank McCourt through his sister Mary 
Spatola McCourt '81. (She's married to Frank 
McCourt's cousin.) Mike related that he had 
the honor of watching his father, Tino '44, 
hand a BC diploma to his daughter Margot 
'09 at graduation this past year. Margot, the 
third of Mike's daughters to graduate from 
BC, is a grad student in the Lynch School of 
Education. • Another proud father at this past 
year's graduation in Pat McGovern, whose son 
Michael '09 won a Fulb right grant to study in 
Germany. Pat is still a vascular surgeon near 
his home in Bayonne, NJ. His eldest son, PJ, is 
back from a stay in Shanghai, and his middle 
son, Chris, left Deloitte & Touche to pursue an 
MBA at NYU's Stern School. • I heard from 
my double classmate (BC and Dartmouth) 
Jack Harrington, who reports that he's back to 
work at the Dutch Reformed Church in Man- 
hattan after having surgery on his foot. He's in 
frequent touch with our other double class- 
mate, George Pijewski, who's confining his 
work to some part-time tax preparation, now 
that he's retired from Fidelity. • Tom Herlehy 
reports that he's back in the United States, 
working for Land O' Lakes Corporation in 
Arlington, VA, after many years overseas. He's 
working on a presentation for the World Eco- 
nomic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in 2011. 

NC I972 

Correspondent: Nancy Brouillard McKenzie 
j 526 Sebago Road 
Bethesda, MD 20817 

UpStairs on the Square hosted former Secre- 
tary of State Madeleine Albright for a book- 
signing lunch for her new book, Read My Pins. 
Sitting at the head table with Secretary 
Albright were Eileen McGowan-Demers and 
Maureen Curry Leseur. • Tom Herlehy '72 
called to express his sympathy to the class 
following the passing of Joan Segerson, 
MBA'77. Tom is living and working in 
Virginia. • Margot Dinneen Wilson is an asso- 
ciate broker with Washington Fine Properties. 
Margot and her son Andrew '08, Lisa Kirby 
Greissing and her daughter Kirby, and I 
recently attended a Boston College reception 
for BC President William P. Leahy, SJ, in 
Washington DC. If you are able, please try to 
see the Boston College video on what is 
happening at the University. One segment 

shows the freshman students, led by a Keyes 
South banner, attending the opening Mass. 
• Sending me news this winter is a wonderful 
way to spread warmth. Take care. 

J 973 

Correspondent: Patricia DiPillo 
ig Hartlawn Road 
Boston, MA 02132 

Belated season's greetings from the Heights! 
• Just a few items to report: Paul Moore, JD'76, 
has been included in Chambers USA: Amer- 
ica's Leading Lawyers for Business 2009 in the 
area of bankruptcy and restructuring. He is a 
partner in the Boston office of Duane Morris 
LLP. • Peter Zupcofska, JD'76, has been 
elected treasurer of the Boston Bar Association. 
Peter is a partner at Burns & Levinson LLP, 
where he serves on the firm's executive com- 
mittee and focuses his practice on probate 
litigation and family law. Eagles have been 
very busy in the legal sector! • And finally, 
Patricia Tytla Owen, MA'78, received a doctor- 
ate in higher education leadership from 
Nova Southeastern University on August 31, 
2009. Congratulations to all, and best wishes 
to everyone in 2010! 

NC I973 

Correspondent: Joan B. Brouillard 

PO Box 1207 

Glen, NH 03838; 603-383-4003 

Check out the Wikipedia entry for Newton. 
Well done! • Deborah Ambrose Wismer is a 
VP on the executive board of directors of the 
Norwalk (CT) Youth Symphony, responsible 
for publicity and marketing. She is also liai- 
son with all media for the symphony, which is 
one of the premier youth symphonies in the 
Fairfield area and Westchester County. Daughter 
Alexandra is a violinist with the symphony's 
principal orchestra and has performed at 
Carnegie Hall, at Tanglewood, and in Europe. 
• Rosemary Sullivan Van Graafeiland is grand- 
mother to Oscar Young Brown, the son of 
Emily and husband Jeff, who live in New 
Haven, CT. Rosemary and Jack moved to 
Westfield, MA. She works at MassMurual in 
Enfield, CT, and Jack commutes to Schenec- 
tady and Rochester, NY. Son Philip is at Siena 
College in Loudonville, NY. Rosemary, Eileen 
Wynne DeBartolo, and Marianne Clarke got 
together last summer at Marianne and 
husband John Redman's place in Maine — 
"nonstop talking for the weekend!" Get a few 
of us together and that happens! • Jackie Hilly 
is executive director of New Yorkers Against 
Gun Violence. Husband Dean Stiffle practices 
law in New York City, and both are looking for- 
ward to retiring. Daughter Nicole is pursuing 
an MBA at Stanford, and Brendan is at Van- 
derbilt, studying mechanical engineering. • I 
was thrilled to hear from Susan Houlihan 
Audette, a proud member of our Thursday 
afternoon, ahem, "study group"! She and 
Stephen live in Westborough. Susan worked at 
Allmerica Financial for 32 years but after 
being "outsourced," is now at Summit Finan- 


cial in Lexington as senior account manager. 
Courtney graduated from BC's Connell School 
of Nursing and now lives in Portsmouth, NH, 
studying for her nurse practitioner degree at 
UNH while working there and also at 
Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Andrew is at 
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, and Michaela 
graduated from Providence College and is now 

(Maloney) Howard, MBA'88, wrote: "I'm alive 
and well, living in Marina Bay, Quincy, where 
you're either a 50-something divorcee or a 
20-something athlete. [I] have two beautiful 
children: Loren, my son, is 27 and entering 
RISD for architecture, and my daughter (23) is 
on the five-year plan at Lesley, where she's a 
photography major. I see Terry Ryan [McEn- 

Laurie Nichols Cochran '75 has been working with 
the BC Alumni Association to help strengthen ties 
between BC alums and the Campion Center — home 
to approximately 70 retired Jesuits — in Weston. 

attending BC's Lynch Graduate School of Edu- 
cation. • Barbara Gangemi Burns moved to 
beautiful Ocean Grove, NJ, and has a solo law 
practice, Praxis Legal Solutions LLC. Working 
in flip-flops near the beach is a dream! Son 
Jake, a lieutenant in the Navy and a helicopter 
pilot, earned a master's in aeronautical engi- 
neering. His next assignment is on the aircraft 
carrier USS George H.W. Bush. He and his 
wife, Kathleen, are the parents of Sean Sebas- 
tian, who is "perfect," says Barbara! Olivia is a 
freshman at Loyola in New Orleans; she 
chose the location after Quaker work camp 
last year and fell in love with the city. 
• Next time — more grandmas! 


Correspondent: Patricia McNabb Evans 

33 Stratton Lane 
Foxborough, MA 02035 

NC I974 

Correspondent: Beth Docktor Nolan 

693 Boston Post Road 
Weston, MA 02493 

I continue to decipher our classmates' notes 
from our 35th reunion, beginning with Jean 
O'Leary's note. Jean lives in Pelham Manor, 
NY, with husband Mark Gaffney. Jean retired 
from Verizon Communications in New York 
after 25 years in HR and employee communi- 
cations. For the last few years, she has worked 
on a consultant basis, providing employee 
communications support for a number of 
corporate clients. Jean and Mark stay active 
with tennis, sailing, and trips to their summer 
home on Nantucket. • An anonymous class- 
mate (seated next to Jean) wrote: "Who said 
it's 40 and fab? It's 35 and terrifically fabulous. 
Everyone looks wonderful, and I still can't 
decide if it's good or bad when people say we 
look exactly the same! Thirty-five years later, 
Jerri Muldoon is still documenting the events, 
Jeanna is still wearing pink and green, Hanna 
is still relaxing, and Gloria is still organizing!" 
• During the reunion, I realized that although 
Lou is always helping with reunion activities 
she is never in the news notes, so: Mary Lou 

tee], Mickey McMahon [Budlong], and Mary 
Dulligan [Lynch] and talk with Maria Borrero- 
Bou in Puerto Rico. Thank God for Jerri Mul- 
doon, who is constantly recording our antics. 
Loved seeing DeMello [Kathy McClaskey], Sue 
Sullivan, Cissy Fagan, Stephanie Rogers [Sulli- 
van], and their better halves!" • Finally, from 
our reunion phonathon: Mary Slocum did not 
make the reunion; however, you can read her 
blog at Brian and 
Mary Dulligan Lynch live in Glen Rock, NJ. 
They have two daughters: Kate, at Providence 
College, and Liz. • This ends our 35th reunion 
notes. I have received many requests from 
classmates about the possibility of seeing 
some of "the Muldoon epics" on the Internet. 
I pass this request on, hoping that by the next 
column I will be able to tell you if these epics 
may be seen by one and all. I hope to get those 
e-mail updates from you. 


Correspondent: Hellas M. Assad 

149 Lincoln Street 

Norwood, MA 02062; 781-769-9342 

As our 35th reunion approaches, please 
consider participating with a gift — of any 
amount — to BC. Our Gift Committee chairs, 
Vincent J. Quealy and Kevin M. O'Kane, have 
been working diligently along with committee 
members Barbara Mackin, Laurie Nichols 
Cochran, William Conley, William Corrado, 
Dorothy DiPesa, Cynthia Feldmann, James and 
Marianne (Irwin) Galvin, James Healey, John 
Hughes, Kevin Kane, Mary Kane, Shaun Kelley, 
Lawrence and Diane (DiPasquale) Lundy, 
Susan Lupica MEd'76, Nancy O'Connor 
McCleary, Mark McCue, Gaetano Muzio, Den- 
nis Orr, Michael Reynolds, Stephanie Whittier, 
Jack Zarkauskas MBA'87, and yours truly. Our 
class goal is to have 700 donors (38 percent of 
the class) contribute to BC this year. A gift of 
any size will be greatly appreciated! You may 
visit or contact Becky Holden 
'02 at 617-552-0966 or • Wal- 
ter Fey has been happily married for almost 20 
years to Jan Bergstrom, who was the runner-up 
to the homecoming queen of Lyon Township 
(IL) High School, Class of 1971. Walter and Jan 
have two sons, both freshmen: Luke was 
accepted to BC but opted to attend GW, and 

Zack began high school this year. Walt sends a 
shout-out to Patricia Casey, MEd'81, who was 
kindly prolific with her advice and friendship 
during their college application process. He 
would like to say hello to Kim Bucci, who occa- 
sionally drops by Walt's Arlington office and is 
still employed in the Hyundai auto business. 
Regards to Paul Matricianni, who was with the 
class for one and a half years and was quite the 
"force majeure," touching the hearts of many. 
Also, hello to all the CLX gang: Sloan, Flood, 
Galardi, MacDonald, Capro, Rubino, and Mali- 
nowski. • Laurie Nichols Cochran has been 
working with the BC Alumni Association to 
help strengthen ties between BC alums and the 
Campion Center — home to approximately 70 
retired Jesuits — in Weston. On December 13, 
the Jesuit community welcomed BC alums to 
a Mass and an informal reception. There are 
multiple ways to connect with the Jesuits at 
Campion. Any involvement, large or small, is 
most welcome. To learn more, contact Laurie at • Take care and 
please keep in touch. 

NC I975 

Correspondent: Mary Stevens McDermott 

36 Deer Meadow Lane 

Chatham, MA 02633; 5 $~945~ 2 477 

Hi, everyone! I hope this finds you well and 
looking forward to our 35th Newton reunion, 
June 4-6! • I was on a conference call recently 
with our BC reunion rep, Francie Anhut, Rita 
Carbone Ciocca MBA'77, Carol Finigan 
Wilson, JoAnn Hilliard Holland, Joanne 
McCarthy Goggins, and Lee Costello. Teresa 
Valdes-Fauli Weintraub, JD'79, and Mary-Jane 
Flaherty are going to join this week's call. 
The Alumni Association has put much 
thought and effort into making this a really 
special weekend for us. Besides the reunion 
"regulars," I urge those who have never been 
to Reunion to please consider coming this 
year. Everyone is just so themselves, it's like 
we never left. The campus looks beautiful, and 
just to see those dorms and the student union 
cracks me up! Let's get together in thanks and 
joy that we had those great years together 
and the lifelong friendships that were created. 
• Not much news this time, but I do want 
to give you a thought: A little e-mail group 
of Louise Paul Morin, Nancy Coughlin 
Ferraro MEd'77, Lisa Antonelli DellaPorta, 
Liz Mahoney Flaherty, Cyndee Crowe Frere, 
and me has evolved over time. We just check 
in regularly about everyday things: kids and 
dogs, work and play, aches and pains. Think 
about gathering a small group of old room- 
mates (we were Hardy first-floor ladies fresh- 
man year) and stay connected. The phone 
works too. My first roommate (of a record five 
in four years!), Joanne Manfredi, and I con- 
nect on the phone. She is in Florida and talks 
with Teresa and Suzanne Laskas. Anyone else 
in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area? Did I tell 
you that I heard from Laura Zerbinati, and 
she'll be coming up from Panama? So, don't 
be saying you can't get here from New Jersey 
or Connecticut! • Let me finish by saying I 
know it is hard for some of you to accept the 
closing of Newton College even now, all these 
years later. Think though, that through our 


friendships and the personal power we were 
allowed and encouraged to explore and 
embrace, Newton does in fact exist. We can 
thank the BC Alumni Association for keeping 
the Newton spirit alive and well by honoring 
our classes with our own activities during 
reunion weekends. Many schools that merge 
don't get that courtesy. OK, go get your calen- 
dars and make your haircut appointment and 
flight reservation now. The information you'll 
receive will offer hotel and activity details. 
• Check the website for late news. I'm working 
on a surprise for you, so be there! 


Correspondent: Gerald B. Shea 

25 Elmore Street 

Newton Centre, MA 02459 

Greenwich, CT, is home, for the past 17 years, to 
Barbara Perry. She keeps in touch with old pals 
from the Mods, including Cindy Chamberlain 
Edvardsen, who serves as loving godmother to 
one of Barbara's two sons. Barbara is overjoyed 
with her infant grandson, Hayden, who's only 
one town away. Needless to say, she's doting on 
him every chance she gets. • Maine's summer, 
like BC's, was quite rainy, per Pola (Papetti) 
Buckley, a resident of Hallowell. Pola is a CPA 
and certified IT auditor, employed by her state. 
She is rightfully proud of her two sons, Michael 
(a Bowdoin grad who's a trader on the New York 
Stock Exchange), and Daniel (a December '09 
grad of the University of Maine with a degree in 
applied technology). Last Fall, Pola welcomed 
Kathleen Murphy for a weekend reunion and 
sent her home with her famous homemade 
blueberry syrup, pickles, and mincemeat. 
Yum! • Mary Jane Hession Anderson shouted 
back, too, and reports that she's COO of the 
University Medicine Foundation, a physicians' 
group practice in Providence, RI. Previously, 
she'd held similar posts in the medical field in 
Massachusetts for over two decades. Her two 
"awesome" daughters are Julie (24) and Kathryn 
(18). Julie graduated from Brown University in 
2007, while Kathryn is a high-school senior 
looking at colleges. Mary Jane adds that she's 
picked up golf to complement her always fine 
tennis form! She also recommended the film 
Chicken Run, which the Shea twins and I will 
soon be awatchin'. • Ed Foley's son is looking to 
break into the fields of media and communica- 
tion. If any '76ers can assist, please let me know. 
• Thanks to all who dropped a dime! Keep up 
the good work! God bless and have a healthy 
and happy spring! 


Correspondent: Nicholas Kydes 

8 Newtown Terrace 

Norwalk, CT 06851; 203-829-9122 


Correspondent: Julie Butler Evans 

7 Wellesley Drive 

New Canaan, CT 06840; 203-966-8580 

OK, people, looks like we're headed for yet 
another slow news day.... • All the news that's 
fit to print comes from Bob Flaherty, who has 
been working as a division sales manager for 
FM Global, a property insurance company, for 
the past 30 years. Since 1999, Bob and his 
wife, Terri, have been living in Walpole with 
their two now-grown children, Erin, who is in 
the Class of 2012 at Providence College, and 
Michael, who will graduate from Babson in 
2013. Bob reports that classmate and good 
friend Bob Pierce, JD'86, keeps him enter- 
tained on the golf course, and that he is close 
with both Matt Ginty '79 and Joe Arcidi, who 
is a cardiac surgeon. Bob invites buddies from 
the Class of '79 — Ed Balazs, John Lynch, Rich 
Larkin, and John Morand — to look him up 
when they are in Boston. • And although I am 
sure you may be tiring of hearing about a cer- 
tain bunch of guys, they are at least keeping 
me abreast of shenanigans (hint, hint to the 
rest of you!). And those oft-printed names start 
with Eddie O' Sullivan, who organized both 
tailgating and dinner for the BC-UNC game 
in late November. John Cornell JD'82, Rich 
O'Meara, and Paul J. Murphy JD82 were a few 
of our classmates who joined Eddie O. at the 
Heights. • Now, won't some of you please join 
me with some news? 


Correspondent: Stacey O'Rourke 
1445 Commonwealth Avenue 
West Newton, MA 02465 

I was happy to hear recently from first-time con- 
tributor Julius Sciarra, who sent news of a 
number of classmates. Sadly, he also reported 
that Ken Naumes passed away on October 21 
from cancer. Julius writes that Ken "was a great 
guy and a great friend ever since our BC days. 
He was also a staunch BC supporter and avid 
football season ticket holder. He may have 
missed a few home games over the past 30 
years, but not many. He had a terrific and loving 
family consisting of his wife, Terri, and son, 
Ken Jr. His fellow BC alums and close friends 
Jim Curtin, Tom Pope, Steve Papazian, Jim 
Merrigan, Greg Robleski, Gary Kayakachoian, 
and I will sorely miss him. Here's a quick 

practice in Newton. Jim Merrigan lives in 
Massachusetts with wife Claire and two daugh- 
ters. He works in IT for State Street Bank. I also 
live in Massachusetts, with my wife, Parti, and 
have two sons. I have my own CPA practice in 
Framingham." Many thanks, Julius! • I am also 
appreciative to hear from Matthew Heimerich, 
who has served three terms as Crowley County 
Commissioner and is now campaigning for 
Colorado State Senate, Seat District 2. A Brook- 
lyn native, Matt holds a degree in history from 
BC. • Please take a few moments and send me 
news about your busy lives and the lives of your 
roommates and friends. Thanks! 


Correspondent: Michele Nadeem 
Sunrise Harbor 
1040 Seminole Drive, 
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 

Unit 1151 

The Class of 1980 will be celebrating its 30th 
reunion on the weekend of June 4-6. Please 
mark your calendars, and make plans to 
attend, if you can! Meanwhile, I'd love to hear 
from you — please send your news to me at the 
above address. 


Correspondent: Alison Mitchell McKee 


1128 Brandon Road 

Virginia Beach, VA 23451; 757-428-0861 

After graduating, John Barrett was an Arthur 
Young auditor, traveled the world as an internal 
consultant for Sheraton, and was a financial 
analyst for Gillette. He obtained an MBA from 
Columbia and worked for a New York City 
consulting firm, designing executive pay 
packages, and later managed Lehman Brothers' 
executive pay programs (working in the World 
Trade towers during the 9/11 attacks). He now 
manages Chubb & Son's global compensation 
programs. John married Maribern Mateo in 
1997, and they live in Basking Ridge, NJ, with 
their four young children. John has also had 
the good fortune of experiencing the thrill of 

This past fall, Parris Battle '8i, a business development 
manager for ISN Telecom, spoke to a large BC gathering 
during the weeklong celebration of the 30 -year-old 
AH AN A movement on campus. 

update on a few of us: Greg lives in California 
with wife Nancy and their son, a high-school 
freshman. Greg is an adjunct faculty member at 
Santa Clara University and is pursuing a doctor- 
ate in IT. Steve lives in Massachusetts with 
wife Peggy and has two sons. He has worked 
with the Federal Reserve Bank since graduating 
from BC, first in New York City and then in 
Boston. Tom lives in Massachusetts with wife 
Lenore and two daughters. He has his own CPA 

scuba diving, bungee jumping, skydiving, 
race-car driving, fly-fishing, and ski moun- 
taineering! • This past fall, Parris Battle, a busi- 
ness development manager for ISN Telecom, 
spoke to a large BC gathering during the week- 
long celebration of the 30-year-old AHANA 
(African, Hispanic, Asian, and Native Ameri- 
can) movement on campus. What began as a 
way for non-white BC students to reaffirm 
their cultural diversity has manifested itself 


into an institution that has strengthened the 
BC community and the quality of a BC educa- 
tion. Parris was honored to offer those in 
attendance the historical perspective of the 
AH ANA movement and words of encourage- 
ment for the future of all AHANA students. 
• After working for a plumbing and heating 
wholesaler for years, Susan Mitchell now 
works for Multiplan in network operations 
and volunteers at the Charles River Public 

Meghan started at Georgetown University last 
fall; son David, a runner, spent time last sum- 
mer at a camp dedicated to that sport; and 
Bigelow Tea ended their fiscal year on a posi- 
tive note. Cindi headed up the Alumni Awards 
dinner in September. She enjoyed reading 
about the fantastic work so many of our BC 
alumni have done since graduating. • Charlie 
'81 and Maureen (Bourgeois) Simmons 
renewed their vows for their 25th wedding 

Paula (Bradley) Batchelor '83 and John Hosman '90 
recently had the thrill of a lifetime, following their sons 
to Williamsport, PA, as they represented New England 
in the Little League World Series. 

Internet Center, assisting the public with 
MS Office applications and e-mail. Susan is 
on Facebook and would love to hear from 
Michelle Sheets Clowe, Michelle Bachman 
Love, Greg Kerr MA'83, Tom Callan, and Mike 
Baer '84. • A group gathered for Parents' 
Weekend to enjoy the BC-Wake Forest game 
with their Eagle children. Brett and Sherrill 
(Burger) Kellam hosted a tailgate with 
daughter Ashley, a sophomore. Also in atten- 
dance were Jennifer and Jim Gorga with 
daughter Liz, a freshman; Julie and Mike Con- 
nolly with son Peter, a freshman; Peggy (Rice) 
'82 and Peter Hoyt with daughters Abbey, a 
sophomore, and Olivia, a freshman; Debbie 
and Greg Clower and their two high-school 
daughters; and Gary Raymond and his high- 
school son. • Rick Nunez is an attorney and 
has been practicing in the area of personal 
injury litigation with the same Bronx, NY, law 
firm for over 22 years. He and wife Susan live 
in New Rochelle with their three teenage 
daughters, the oldest of whom is a freshman 
at Yale. Rick has been to every five-year 
reunion and is "looking forward to our 30th 
(ouch!) in 2011!" Ouch is right, but we all need 
to start making plans to be there! 


Correspondent: Mary O'Brien 
maryalycia.obrien. 82(g) 

14 Myrtlebank Avenue 
Dorchester, MA 02124-5304 

As I write, my daughter, who spent the semes- 
ter in Barcelona, is expected home soon. She 
has had an awesome experience, visiting 
Munich, Paris, Amsterdam, Florence, London, 
and much more. Why didn't I know we could 
do this back in the day? In October, I received 
a Henry L. Shartuck Award from the Boston 
Municipal Research Bureau. There were nine 
recipients and two Shartuck City Champions. 
The awards are given to city employees who 
make outstanding contributions to public ser- 
vice. It was quite an honor. • Ken Kavanagh is 
the new athletic director at Florida Gulf Coast 
University. Ken had served as director of ath- 
letics at Bradley University and as assistant 
athletic director at Bowling Green State Uni- 
versity in Ohio. He also holds an MBA from 
Notre Dame. • Cindi Bigelow's daughter 

anniversary at St. Mary's Chapel last year. The 
Mass was beautiful. It happened to be the 
weekend of the BC-ND football game! Join- 
ing them that weekend were their daughters: 
Jennifer '09, Julianne, Kimberly, and Kristine 
Grace. Jennifer has a degree in nursing and is 
now continuing at BC, working on a master's 
degree as a pediatric nurse practitioner. 
Julianne, a junior in the Lynch School of 
Education, is studying elementary education/ 
communications, and she is also a cheerleader 
for the Eagles. Charlie and Maureen enjoy 
returning to BC to share the Eagle spirit with 
her! Kimberly is a junior in high school, and 
Kristine is in second grade. Charlie is an 
executive with the Experian Corporation in 
Chicago. • Deepest sympathy to the families 
of Russell Gannon of Needham, who passed 
away in August 2009, and David E. Mac- 
Clymont of Scotch Plains, NJ, who died in 
March 2008. 


Correspondent: Cynthia J. Bocko 

72 Hood Road 

Tewksbury, MA 01876; ^78-851-611^ 

Paula (Bradley) Batchelor and John Hosman 
'90 recently had the thrill of a lifetime, follow- 
ing their sons to Williamsport, PA, as they rep- 
resented New England in the Little League 
World Series. Among many highlights, Austin 
Batchelor (12) pitched, got a web gem diving 
catch that appeared on SportsCenter, and hit a 
home run at his very last Little League at bat in 
Williamsport. Matt Hosman (13) pitched and hit 
a walk-off grand slam in the regional finals (an 
ESPN top 10!). Proud BC alumni, Paula and 
John may one day see their boys in Eagle base- 
ball uniforms! • Siobhan Murphy is an execu- 
tive coach living with husband George on Long 
Island. She enjoys connecting with her BC 
friends via Facebook. Her business, the Quest 
Connection, brings cutting-edge talent develop- 
ment tools to business clients who want to 
attract and retain awesome talent and create 
inspiring results at work. Last year she visited 
Joanne Battibulli Bertsche in Chicago. Joanne 
ensured their relationship would stay close all 
these years by honoring Siobhan by being god- 
mother to her oldest daughter, Emily. Joanne 

and Siobhan missed our 25th reunion to attend 
Emily's graduation from St. Ignatius Prep 
School in Chicago. Working in fund develop- 
ment for The Rotary Foundation, Joanne raises 
money for polio eradication and other global 
humanitarian efforts. Siobhan also visited 
Valerie Newman in Connecticut last year. At the 
family gathering, she also said hello to Valerie's 
cousin Peter Newman. • Our condolences to the 
family of Carolyn Ditullio, who died unexpect- 
edly on August 4 at Kent Hospital after compli- 
cations relating to an asthma attack. She was 53. 
She received a master's degree from BC in 
rehabilitation education. 


Correspondent: Carol A. McConnell 
PO Box 628 
Belmar, NJ ojyig 

Greetings to all! Here's the news. • Ester Viti, 
husband Brian, and daughter Guilianna were on 
their way to the Cape for a vacation and met with 
Alison (Guiney) Sweeney '83, Lauren and Dan 
Abraham, Susan (Flaherty) Scanlan, Kara 
Boudreau '89, Colleen (Tolan) Florence, and 
Steve DeOssie at Steve's restaurant, Fred & 
Steve's Steakhouse, in Lincoln, RI. • David and 
Elizabeth "Boo" (Fallon) Quilter have relocated to 
Baldwinsville, NY, after 20 years in Chicago. Son 
Jack is now in the fifth grade, and Kevin and 
Patrick live in Texas. David is retired and 
published his first book last year. Elizabeth is a 
fundraising consultant for nonprofit organiza- 
tions. Classmates may remember Elizabeth's 
mother, Marge, in Virginia, for her famous 
chocolate-chip pancakes to fortify road trips. 
Elizabeth writes that four years ago she buried 
her mora with her dad in Arlington Cemetery. 
Elizabeth is in contact with Marianne (Maffa) 
Small, John Carpenter, and Renee Iiorente. 
Elizabeth is on Facebook. • On October 1, Rev. 
Beth Home began as senior pastor of the Mel- 
rose Highlands Congregational Church in Mass- 
achusetts. • Suzanne Troy Cole, founding mem- 
ber of the Council for Women of Boston College, 
cochaired the women's soccer and field hockey 
games held on September 13. The Athletics 
Department and the Council for Women cospon- 
sor at least one women's athletic event per 
season. • Tom and Cristen (Carter) Forrester have 
been to BC often, visiting sons Tom Jr. '09 and 
Ian '12, and enjoying football games with the 
boys and two younger children, Kyle (17) and 
Hope (15). Tom is the chief compliance officer for 
sanofi-aventis. Cristen is president of the West 
Morris Regional High School District Board of 
Education in New Jersey. They enjoyed the 
reunion and look forward to more fun at tailgates 
in the Comm. Ave. garage. Cristen invites class- 
mates to stop by! • With sadness and deepest 
sympathy, I report the passing of our classmate 
(and my former roommate) Lynne (Fitzgerald) 
Wing of Ellington, CT, on July 29, 2009. • Please 
keep the letters and e-mails coming! 


Correspondent: Barbara Ward Wilson 

35 Mead-owhill Dnve 
Tiburon, CA g4Q20 


John Safina is a middle-school principal in 
Fremont, NH. • Tamra Gormley is a family 
court judge in Versailles, KY. • Bob and 
Lynn Desautels Gallandt have three children: 
Madeleine (17), Alex (13), and Danielle (10). 
Lynn works part-time as a special education 
supervisor for National University. She keeps 
in touch widi Andrea Stegerwald Sansonetti, 
Laurie Moran Light, and Lisa Girard Sparks 
and was reacquainted with Teresa Coppola 
Collins. • Robert Cianciulli is regional counsel 
for Hewlett-Packard in Murray Hill, NJ, and 
has a two-year-old daughter, Anna Grace. 
• I am sad to report that Patricia Lee Duffy- 
Stewart of Natick died in June 2009 after a 
10-year battle with breast cancer. Patricia Lee 
left her husband, Michael Stewart, and chil- 
dren Emma and Dylan. • Karen Doyle lives in 
Scituate with husband Glenn and three chil- 
dren: Glenn Jr. (16), Patrick (14), and Colleen 
(12). • Patty Stone Colman sends a big hello to 
her roommates Beth Murray, Laura Semple 
Walsh, Sally Walker JD'88, Margy Corcoran 
Gundersen, Julie Porzio, Lisa Scibetta Allen, 
and Carol Blood Walker. • Leo Melanson lives 
in Newburyport with wife Karen and children 
Tyler (15) and Kelsey (16), and he works for 
Verizon. • Gregg Sweeney hosted a two-day 
summer reunion of Mods 33A and 33B on 
Cape Cod. Attending were Paul Battaglia, 
Kevin Beam, Mark Conway, Steve Herrick, 
Brendan Nolan, Jim Pier, Tim Rea, and Ray 
Serra. They spent a day fishing (caught one 
fish between nine guys), and then hacked their 
way through a round of golf. Unfortunately, 
Dan McGillivray and Ken Ryan couldn't make 
it. They raised a few toasts to their late friend, 
Harry Ogrinc. • Mary Bevelock married David 
Pendergast in June. Attendees included Terry 
Violette, Mary Beth (Brobson) Gately, Phyllis 
Fleno, Tom Kelley MS'94, and Mary (Kelley) 
Cavanaugh. They were disappointed that 
Laura (Acosta) Powers couldn't attend; she was 
on a trip to China with the Topsfield School 
Committee. Laura was elected to the Topsfield 
Board of Selectman. • Marie Oates and Betsy 
Sullivan Brown are active in the Council for 
Women of Boston College. 

Chuck Hogan '89 


Correspondent: Karen Broughton Boyarsky 
230 Adirondack Drive 
East Greenwich, RI 02818 

Mary Clare (Wodarski) '88 and Bruce Cor- 
nelius recently celebrated their 19th wedding 
anniversary. They live in Calabasas, CA, with 
their three young daughters, Grace, Paige, and 
Eve. Bruce is chief marketing and revenue 
officer for and is interested 
in meeting BC alumni who may be interested 
in management positions in organic SEO and 
e-mail marketing in the LA or Southern 
California area. You can contact Bruce at • I had an 
opportunity to visit Gretchen Papagoda Parisi 
last fall. She is president of Parisi Communi- 
cations in Kennett Square, PA, where she lives 
with husband Ray and their two daughters, 
Laura and Anna. While visiting in New York, 
we had a chance to see Bob O'Leary. Bob is 
managing director of global advertising for 
Citigroup. He lives in Manhattan and travels 



eing an author isn't the 
sort of profession for 
which you receive a 
degree and easily find work," says 
crime novelist Chuck Hogan '89. 
"You have to go it on your own and 
plug away." 

That's exactly what Hogan 
did, working in a video store in 
Chestnut Hill after graduation 
while writing his first book. Five 
long years later, The Standoff was 
published — and garnered wide- 
spread acclaim. 

Hogan has been in demand ever 
since. His fifth novel, Devils in 
Exile, hit bookstores on February 
9. Another dark epic, Prince of 
Thieves, which won the 2004 
Hammett Prize, was recently filmed 
for a fall release. 

The movie, titled The Town, is 
directed by and stars Ben Affleck, whom Hogan met on the Boston-based set. 
"The cast worked hard and they really liked the book," he says. "It was cool to watch 
them shoot some of the scenes and to hear my characters' names thrown around by 
real actors." 

But as Hogan points out, such success does not come easily. "You have got to keep 
at it," he says. "Especially when you're starting out, it seems nearly impossible, but 
you need to keep writing and not give up." 

Below, Hogan tackles another literary challenge: 

Chuck Hogan's crime novels have earned him 
critical acclaim and commercial success. 


Here's hoping it is yet to come. 


I know I'm supposed to say, "The births 
of my four beautiful children," but their 
actual births, while miraculous, were also 
incredibly stressful. Let's just say that I 
have four funny kids who make me 
laugh every day. 


Having a professor not only give me 
an "A" but also recommend me to his 
literary agent. 


It's HUGE. ..and totally secret. 


Soak up the city. 


What makes you think I have? 


I had just started dating a girl who was 
still in high school, so commuting to BC 
seemed like a good idea at the time. Not 
the most well thought-out plan, but we've 
been married 15 years now, so score one 
for romance. 


Sacrifice, humility, and obsession. 


As a commuter for three years, 
I'd have to say the parking garage. 


Immediately invade BU. 

for more q&a with chuck hogan, visit 


extensively for business. It was great to see 
both of them! • Lisa Cavanaugh is executive 
director of Hollywood HEART and had the 
privilege to work on the board of this non- 
profit with classmate and dear friend Nora 
O'Brien. Nora passed away suddenly in April, 
and in her honor, donations in her name will 
be used to bring a unique program to Boston, 
a city Nora loved, largely due to her time at 
BC. Lisa has been working with the Boys & 
Girls Clubs of Dorchester to bring a Holly- 
wood HEART program to the club in Febru- 
ary, to provide the kids there the opportunity to 
actually make a movie. Through the program, 
volunteers in all aspects of filmmaking donate 
their time and talent to give at-risk children a 
chance to write, act, create sets and costumes, 
and literally produce their own short 
film. Please read more about Hollywood 
HEART at Thanks to Lisa 
for all of her time and effort for at-risk 
children around the country. 


Correspondent: Catherine Stanton Schiff 
894 Liberty Street 
Braintree, MA 02184 

Hello and happy 2010! • Dorothy Kukfa Pavloff 

e-mailed from the San Francisco Bay Area, 
where she has been living for the past three 
years with husband Michael and their two 
daughters. Dot is a managing director at 
California Technology Ventures, an early stage 
venture fund. She would love to hear from any 
classmates who have blogs — you can e-mail her 
at • Anne Maxwell is 
living in Covington, LA, with her husband, Bill 
Hussey, and son Sam (3). She was ordained into 
the priesthood in 2003 and is now the new 
associate rector at Christ Episcopal Church. She 
spent time in Boston last year with classmate 
Susan Judge Waisgerber and her family, and 

who served as a sergeant. • And finally, our con- 
dolences go out to the family of Laura Weldon 
Hoque, MS'89, who died in Washington DC on 
July 16, 2009. A specialist in breast diseases 
and surgery, she helped establish Hawaii's first 
breast center at Kapi'olani Medical Center in 
2004. • Please take a moment to drop me an 
e-mail with your news, if you haven't done so in 
a while. Take care! 



Correspondent: Rob 
421 Callingwood Street 
San Francisco, CA 94114 

Steve Condon checked in from Framingham, 
where he lives with wife Maureen and daugh- 
ters Alison and Erin. He works for The Allied 
Group, managing the Higher Education 
Division. He travels throughout New England 
to help colleges attract new students. In addi- 
tion to his kids' activities, he has run the last five 
Boston Marathons, plays in a basketball league, 
and mentors at Framingham High. • Martin 
Kane, JD'92, of Wellesley, where he lives with 
wife Amy and two kids, is an attorney in 
Boston. He sent an update of his '88 friends. 
Briefly, Donna and Joe Hoffman live in Nor- 
walk. Joe is CEO of CellMark Paper in Stanford. 
Peter Everin, MS'96, lives in Lexington with 
wife Debbie and two kids. He is CFO of an 
energy company. Kerry and Mike Connolly and 
their three kids live in Hingham, where Mike 
works for a computer storage firm. Sabrina and 
Mark Murphy, MA'90, live in Portland, ME, 
with their three lads. Mark also works at Cell- 
Mark. Peggy and Doug Mantz and their three 
girls are in Farmington, CT Doug works for 
Farmington Insurance. Matt Bradley lives in 
Michigan with his wife, Jennifer, and three 
boys. He is a marketing director at Ford. Brian 
McDonnell, with wife Cindy and three kids, is 
in Philadelphia, where he works for an invest- 

Dennis P. Dowling '87, a third-generation Newton 
police officer, was promoted to captain, Newton Police 

says it seemed that no time had passed since 
graduation. • Julie Fitzgerald Liefeld finished 
her PhD in human development and family 
relations and has been promoted to VP of stu- 
dent affairs/dean of students at Mitchell College 
in New London, CT. Her father, William F. 
Fitzgerald '60, celebrates his 50th BC reunion 
this year. • John Lynch lives in Chicago with 
wife Julia and their two sons, Billy (8) and Joey 
(4). In July he received the Making a Difference 
award from the Lawyers Lend-a-Hand to Youth 
Program, honoring his nine years as a big sib- 
ling in the Horizons for Youth scholarship and 
mentoring program. John is an attorney practic- 
ing civil litigation, with a focus on labor and 
employment law. • Charles Spada was married 
to Courtney Raker on April 2 in Greenwich, CT. 
• Dennis P. Dowling was recently promoted to 
captain, Newton Police Department. He is a 
third-generation police officer in the city of 
Newton, following his late father, who served as 
a lieutenant, and his late paternal grandfather, 

ment company. Perry O'Grady has three kids 
and lives in Milton. He works in the student 
loan field. John Devereaux lives in LA and 
coaches college hockey. • Fr. Michael Drea, 
MA 94, has checked in to say that after stints in 
the financial world, earning his master's in 
higher education from BC, and further work in 
school fundraising, he felt called to the priest- 
hood. In 1998, he entered St. John's Seminary, 
where he received a master's of divinity and was 
ordained in 2004. After serving for five years in 
Quincy, he was recently named pastor of St. 
Paul's in Cambridge, as well as senior Catholic 
chaplain to Harvard University. • John-Paul 
SanGiovanni has received the Director's Award 
from the National Institutes of Health and the 
Young Investigator Award from the Interna- 
tional Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and 
Lipids. • Kate Belavitch was thrilled to see the 
shout-out from Kelly Davis in our Summer 
column. She shouts back that she and husband 
James Home live in Brentwood, NH, with their 

three kids. James is in property management, 
and Kate is a reading specialist and teaches 
part-time. She adds best wishes to all other 


Correspondent: Andrea McGrath 
20J Commonwealth Avenue, #3 
Boston, MA 02108 

Happy winter! As a sign of postreunion blues 
(said with a smile), I received only a few updates 
this quarter. Absolutely, please, keep them 
coming via e-mail or the BC online community at 
ml. • The day before I submitted this note, I 
heard through the Class of '79 correspondent, 
Stacey O'Rourke, an important update on one of 
our own. Ron Perryman was diagnosed with ALS 
(also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) three years 
ago. His teammates and friends held a "Rally for 
Ron" fundraiser at Walsh Hall before, during, 
and after the BC-North Carolina game on 
November 21, and both he and his family were 
recognized and honored on the field during the 
game. To find out more about Ron, visit 
www.4als.0rg. I would be happy to include in the 
next column any updates on the event. • Also of 
note, a veterans memorial was recently dedicated 
at Boston College in honor of alumni who gave 
their lives in service to our country. I checked our 
class year and found that we are quite fortunate 
in having no classmates lost at war (known or 
reported). In case it is of interest, the link to the 
list of those whose names are engraved on 
the monument is: http://veteransmemorial. • Finally, Gloria Jolley 
( wrote to say she 
started a new job as director of global account 
management for Ascent Media Group and is 
based in Los Angeles ( 
Congrats, Gloria! 


Correspondent: Kara Corso Nelson 

67 Sea Island 

Glastonbury, CT 06033; 860-647-9200 

The last quarter of 2009 was obviously a busy 
one for the Class of 1990, since no one had time 
to send in their news! I think it is the first time in 
my 20-year tenure as class correspondent (yikes!) 
that I have not received a single update. Or 
maybe you're just saving all your news to share at 
our upcoming reunion! Know that your Reunion 
Committee is working hard to plan memorable 
events for our class, so please put it on your calen- 
dar and plan to come see your old friends. It is 
guaranteed to be a blast! 


lorin Bruno 

Correspondent: Peggy 
2 High Hill Road 
Canton, CT 06019 

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, 
and I wish you all the very best in the new 


year. Be sure to send along any news! • I write 
with sad news about the passing of our class- 
mate Paul Patrick Poth on August 22, 2009. 
The following is excerpted from an obituary 
written for him. "A proud native of Buffalo, 
NY. Paul attended Nichols School, Boston 
College, and the University of Notre Dame 
Law School. After graduation, Paul moved to 
Boston and served as an assistant district 
attorney at the Suffolk County District 
Attorney's Office....Most recently, he was of 
counsel at MintzLevin in Boston. Paul 
traveled the world and had a special fondness 
for Martha's Vineyard and Letchworth State 
Park. An accomplished athlete, Paul ran 
several marathons including Boston. He also 
cycled in support of AIDS research in the 
Boston-New York AIDS Ride. He was a 
consummate entertainer and chef, with a 
love for music and reading. Paul served on 
the board of the Victim Rights Law Center of 
Boston, volunteered for Project Hope, and 
mentored city youth through hockey leagues 
and the Boston Public Schools Mock Trial 
program." Paul leaves behind his wife, 
Kristen Palma; his son, Luca; his parents; his 
sister; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and 
friends. • Tim Morse, formerly an executive 
at General Electric, is now CFO of Yahoo! 
Inc., owner of the second-ranked U.S. Inter- 
net search engine. • William Connolly is now 
working at Stroz Friedberg after seven years 
as assistant U.S. attorney for the Massachu- 
setts District in Boston. Previously, he had 
been an assistant district attorney for the 
Plymouth County DA's Office in Brockton. 
• In July 2009, the Maureen and Mike Mans- 
field Foundation awarded Matthew Poggi 
a prestigious Mansfield Fellowship. The 
fellowship program provides for a year of 
intensive language and area studies training 
in the United States followed by a year in 
Japan, working full-time in a ministry or 
agency of the Japanese government. Matthew 
currently is an economist with the U.S. 
Department of the Treasury. 


Correspondent: Paul L. Cantello 
3J Sylvester Avenue 
Hawthorne, NJ OJ306 

Michael Shoule's new book, My Daddy Loves 
Boston College Football, (Read Together Books, 
2009) has been for sale in the BC Bookstore 
since the beginning of the football season. 
Mike is still in the process of reaching out to 
old friends and classmates as well as publi- 
cizing the book electronically through 
Facebook, Linkedln, and in a recent edition of 
the BC Chronicle. So while he's still working 
for his family's fourth-generation import- 
export business, he has also been keeping 
busy with this project. His son Nathaniel 
turned three in January, and Emma is almost 
two years old. • I have a few notes on former 
roommates: Patrick Poljan moved to Austin, 
TX, with his wife and three children to take a 
job with Dell in July. Sixto Ferro and Marc 
Wall are single and living in their hometowns 
of Miami and San Francisco, respectively. 
Mike and Janet (Sarkissian) Reilly and their 
four children live in Norton. If anyone would 

like to get in touch with Mike, you may e-mail 
him at • Laura 
(Krawczuk) O'Melia. MS'oo, who was a 
CPNP in the intensive care unit at Children's 
Hospital Boston, has been promoted to direc- 
tor of pediatric transplant nursing there. This 
transplant center is growing and can now 
transplant liver, heart, lung, intestine, and 
kidney organs. Laura and her husband, Bob, 
reside in South Boston. • Our classmate 

Don't forget to send news of marriages, 
new jobs and babies, professional accomplish- 
ments, and exciting trips — the sky's the limit! 
• Mario Marchese and his wife .recently 
celebrated their 13th anniversary. They have 
two children, Vittoria (11) and Phillip (9), and 
live in Wilmington. After graduation, Mario 
worked in the financial services industry and 
then "fell" into construction by accident. He 
has worked on various projects in and around 

Mike Shoule '92 works for his family's import-export 
business and has also been busy promoting his new 
book, My Daddy Loves Boston College Football. 

Joseph Cleary passed away on July 30, 2009. 
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family 
and friends. • Don't be shy about sending in 
your updates! What's new with you in 2010? 


Correspondent: Sandy Chen Dekoschak 
2043 Hawley Road 
Ashfield, MA 01330 

In September, former roommates Brian 
Boussy, Jayme Casey, David Fromm, Matt 
Lenehan, Steve Piluso, and Art Zaske came 
together for a minireunion of their own in 
Stockbridge. Central to the weekend, they 
competed as two teams in the Josh Billings 
Runaground triathlon. For the second year in 
a row, they biked, kayaked, and ran their way 
to respectable team finishes. Beyond the 
race, the group enjoyed the crisp Berkshire 
air and quality time in the local pubs. • Jenn 
(Fay) '97 and Daniel Laieta welcomed their 
second son, Jack Thomas, on August 12. Jack 
joins big brother Daniel (2). Recently, Dan 
expanded his internal medicine practice and 
opened a new office in his hometown of Hol- 
brook, NY. In addition, Dan was inducted as 
a fellow into the American College of Physi- 
cians in April. • Jimmy and Katie (Secrist) 
McManus welcomed their second daughter, 
Whitney Anna, in June. She joins her older 
sister, Molly (4). The McManus family con- 
tinues to live, work, and play in Aspen, CO. 
• John S. Ecclestone joined Grubb & Ellis, a 
leading real estate services and investment 
firm, as a vice president. Earlier, he spent 
more than 4 years as an associate director, 
investment banking, at Cushman & Wake- 
field and 12 years at Ford Land, the real estate 
arm of Ford Motor Company. He is also a 
member of the Urban Land Institute. 


Correspondent: Nancy E. Drane 

226 E. Nelson Avenue 

Alexandria, VA 22301; 703-548-230)6 

Happy new year, everyone. Unless I missed 
some messages along the way, things were 
very quiet during the past several months. 

Boston, including the CA/T project (the Big 
Dig), the new Boston Convention Center, and 
Dana-Farber's Yawkey Center for Cancer Care. 
Currently, he is the project controller for 
Harvard Law School on its new $373-million 
building program, with completion expected 
in August 2011. He is also running as a 
Republican for a state representative seat in 
the 2010 election for the 19th Middlesex 
District (Wilmington/Tewksbury). • Heather 
Wakefield Mehra has authored a series of 
books for kids creatively coping with food 
allergies. She and coauthor Kerry H. 
McManama '02, have self-published four titles 
in The No Biggie Bunch series under 
Heather's company, Parent Perks, Inc. Meet 
the Bunch, spy the mission statement, and 
check out the books at www.NoBiggie Reconnect with Heather at • Many of you 
know that our classmate Alex Houston 
made a short documentary film about another 
classmate, Nick Irons. The film, called Swim 
Lessons: The Nick Irons Story, recently won 
first runner-up for Best Local Short Film at 
the Baltimore Women's Film Festival. 
Congratulations! Swim Lessons chronicles 
Nick's historic 1997 fundraising swim down 
the length of the Mississippi River. Nick swam 
for the sake of his father and all who suffer 
from multiple sclerosis. Swim Lessons had its 
world premiere in 2008 at the AMPAS- 
recognized Rhode Island International Film 
Festival, where it won First Place Best Docu- 
mentary Short. In addition, it is currendy an 
official selection at the upcoming Louisville 
International Film Festival. Since graduating 
from BC, Alex has worked on a number of 
successful projects, including documentaries 
for Discovery Networks, the 2001 Oscar 
"short-listed" documentary Love, Josh, and the 
1999 Oscar-winning documentary short 
King Gimp. • That's it this time around. 
Please remember to send messages my way. 
If I missed your message, please resend — and 
forgive me for any oversights! 

J 995 

Correspondent: Enrico Jay Verzosa 

Le Moyne College 

Panasci Chapel 

141c) Salt Springs Road 

Syracuse, NY 13214 


We give thanks for unknown blessings already 
on their way. -Anonymous. I am writing this 
column the week of Thanksgiving, to be 
published early in the new year, and so I start 
with news of births and beginnings. • Eliza- 
beth (Cotter) Mitchell and her husband, 
Joseph Patrick Mitchell '94, welcomed twin 
boys, Graham Cotter and Miles Newton, on 
September 8. They live in Fairfield, CT. 
• Maureen Walsh Kramer and her husband, 
Shane, welcomed their third child, Phoebe 
Anne, on October 12. She joins big sister 
Lindsay (7) and big brother Griffin (4). They 
live in Bethesda, MD. • Christa Maher and 
her husband, Ryan Smith, welcomed their 
second child, Calvin Tylee Smith, in Septem- 
ber. Big sister Ella Marie (4) is as proud as 
can be. • Chesley and John Correia welcomed 
their new daughter, Airlie Clarisse, on 
November 8. • Catherine and Larry Keating 
welcomed their son, John Anthony, on April 
5, 2009. • Brendan Hickey wrote in with 
news about our classmates: Steve Riden, 
JD'99, married Siri Nilsson this past sum- 
mer. Steve is a lawyer at Foley Lardner. Siri is 
a student at BC Law. Mike Giuffrida married 
Shannon Morgan in May. Mike is a doctor at 
Mass General Hospital. Dave Finnegan just 

Schuyler and Michele (Figueiredo) Havens 

welcomed their second child, Devon Anthony 
Havens, on May 29, 2009. He joins big sister 
Summer (2). Michele continues to work for 
Northern Trust in Seattle, and she writes that 
she and her family are enjoying life in the 
Pacific Northwest. • Speaking of the Pacific 
Northwest, Tina Gustafson Pujalor was in 
New York City in September and enjoyed 
brunch with Elizabeth Mignone Jakic, Tom 
Adams, Loretta Shing, John Dempsey, and 
me. She is doing well and lives with her 
husband and three daughters on Bainbridge 
Island, near Seattle. • Baby news: Rich and 
Johanna (Roodenburg) Deleissegues welcomed 
a son named Richard Diego on August 12, 
2009. Johanna will continue to practice home- 
owners association law in Encinitas, CA. 
• Michelle, MEd'06, and Billy Kelley 
welcomed a daughter, Julia Elizabeth, on 
September 26. Julia's proud older brother Jack 
is a first-grader who plays hockey and baseball. 
Billy works for Fidelity Investments in San 
Diego and lives in Temecula, CA. • Michael 
LeDuc and Catherine Hussan-LeDuc 
welcomed their second child, Jacob Paul, on 
October 9. Older brother Aaron (2) has already 
begun coaching JP on the finer points of BC 

Last summer, JiYoung and Marvin Chow '95 moved to 
Shanghai, where Marvin works for Nike as marketing 
director for Greater China. 

joined Lee Kennedy construction. • JiYoung 
and Marvin Chow moved to Shanghai last 
summer, completing an Asia hat trick of 
Seoul, Tokyo, and Shanghai. Marvin still 
works for Nike, and is now marketing direc- 
tor for Greater China. • Congratulations to 
Matt Chapuran, general manager of the 
Stoneham Theatre, who wrote that the Stone- 
ham just wrapped outstanding productions 
of Studs Terkel's The Good War and Nathan 
Allen's The Sparrow. • Nadia (Vizioli) DeLau- 
rentis wrote with news that her triplets, Mar- 
lena, Julia, and Alyssa, are now attending 
preschool, and her son Robert is in second 
grade. • Cheryl (Pederson) Maguire, MA'97, 
is a stay-at-home mom to twins Logan and 
Lindsay (4) and Julia (1). In November, 
Cheryl had a story published in Chicken Soup 
for the Soul: Count Your Blessings. Also, she 
has started Swap Savers (www.swap, a "Social Network for Frugal 
Folks." • Please mark Saturday, February 6, 
2010, on your calendar. An Evening for Brid- 
get, an annual fundraiser in honor of Bridget 
Bomberger Slotemaker, will be held at the 
Boston Harbor Hotel. Contact Sarah Sullivan 
Williams '97 (swilliams@evening4bridget.0rg) 
for more information. • A longer version 
of this column will appear on the online 
community. • Peace and blessings! 


Correspondent: Mike Hofman 

517 E. 13th Street, No. 20 

New York. NY iooog; 212-673-3065 

football, Catherine reports. • Finally, Julie 
(Beckford) '07 and Dane Koepke welcomed 
their daughter, Willow Cora, on December 10. 
She joins big brother Maguire. • Here's to 
a healthy and prosperous 2010! 


Correspondent: Sabrina Bracco McCarthy 

464 Westminster Road 
Rockville Centre, NY 11570 

Allison Moosally and Justin Woodhouse were 
married on August 8, 2008, in Cleveland. On 
November 2, 2009, Allison gave birth to their 
son, Luke Joseph Woodhouse, and a few 
weeks later the family moved into a new house 
in Gates Mills, OH. Both Allison and Justin 
are practicing dermatologists and Mohs 
surgeons. • Phil and Bridget (Lesutis) Hintze 
welcomed their first son, Jude Patrick, on 
November 20, 2009, in New York City. • Jenn 
and Matt D'Amico had their second child, 
Sophia Colette, on October 17. After seven 
years of practicing law, Matt returned to school 
for a master's degree in teaching. He now 
teaches AP U.S. history and a law elective in a 
high school in Eastchester, NY. • John Gifford 
married Victoria Picarazzi on September 26 
in Manhattan, and they honeymooned in 
Hawaii. Attending the wedding were Chad 
Vanacore, Michael Leporati, and Brian Kelly 
'95. The couple will continue to reside on the 
Upper West Side. John works in fixed income 
institutional sales for RBC Capital Markets, 
and Victoria owns a wedding planning com- 

pany ( 
• After graduation, Allen Pegg lived in Spain 
and Colorado, then went on to graduate from 
Georgetown Law in 2001. He moved to Miami 
to clerk for two federal judges and married a 
woman he met while in Spain during his 
junior year abroad. He and his wife, Lola, now 
have four kids (a five-year-old son and 
two-year-old triplets). Allen is a partner in a 
boutique law firm focusing on commercial lit- 
igation and arbitration. • Kevin Kelly married 
Amanda Roberts on September 10, in Manhat- 
tan. Matt MacNeil, Sean Kelly '99, and Paul 
Lewis '99 were in attendance. • Jana Kilduff 
Brinkhaus started myBibzy (www.mybibzy. 
com), a company that makes and sells onesies 
with a built-in bib to keep babies dry. A portion 
of the proceeds from the sale of each garment 
is donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research 
Foundation. Jana resides in Needham with 
her husband and daughter. • Gabby O'Boyle 
moved from New York to London in January 
2009, transferring with American Express 
to be director of international business 
development in the London office. In August 
she married Dan Collins, an independent 
marketing strategy consultant, and they are 
happily settled in London. • Dan '93 and Jenn 
(Fay) Laieta welcomed their second son, Jack 
Thomas, on August 12, 2009. Jack joins his 
big brother, Daniel (2). Jenn, a clinical 
psychologist, has a part-time private practice 
and is on the executive board of the Suffolk 
County Psychological Association. 


Correspondent: Mistie P. Lucht 
1281 N. Dayton Street 
Chicago, IL 60614 

Allyson Megan Olewnik and Richard Gosselin 

were married on August 1, 2009, in St. 
Ignatius Church, with Fr. Robert VerEecke, 
MDiv'78, presiding. Alumni in attendance 
were Richard Olewnik JD'74; Ryan Kehoe; 
Michael Gostkowski; Kathleen Kelly; John 
Cofran; Caroline (DiMarzo) Haberlin; and 
Kristen (Dauenhauer) Babineau '99, MA'03. 
Denise Anderson MS'05; Laura (Mooney) 
Carey; Erin Harper '03, MA'06; Marc Chen; 
Matthew Bellico; and Brian Babineau '99 were 
in the wedding party. The couple met in 2005 
at a Maroon & GOLD alumni event! After hon- 
eymooning on St. Lucia, the couple returned 
to their new home in Newburgh, NY, where 
Rich recently joined the Hudson Valley Heart 
Center practice. • In July 2009, Tyson and 
Alison (Curd) Lowery and Calista made the big 
move back to San Diego, where Alison grew 
up. Alison is now working at Life Technologies 
(still in finance), and Tyson continues to grow 
his consulting business. They are definitely 
enjoying the fabulous weather and living one 
mile from the beach. • Kevin and Stacy (Reid) 
Clark, MEd'99, welcomed a daughter, Molly 
Anne, on August 17. She joins big brother 
Ryan (2). The family still lives in Santa Cruz, 
CA. • For Sylwia and Matt Scamardella, 2009 
was a big year: In the first half, they bought a 
charming Dutch colonial in the Randall 
Manor section of Staten Island. Then in July, 
they welcomed their first child, Lucas 
Matthew. Matt is a VP at Deutsche Bank Secu- 


rities Inc., and Sylwia is a self-employed 
architect originally from Poland. • Sascha 
Rothchild's debut memoir, How To Get 
Divorced by 30, will be published by Penguin 
tins winter. Sascha lives in Los Angeles, where 
she writes for television and film. • Mary 
Martin married Erik Roberts on August 1. In 
attendance at the wedding were Amy (Jordan) 
MEd'02 and Jon Schwartz, Jessica (Pollio) 
DiTullio, Nancy Cremins, Tara Pari, Michael 
and Kelly (Heaney) Moore. Francesca Tedesco, 
Lori (Nehls) Nickerson '99, Erin Kelleher '99, 
and Jamie Hart '99. Mary and Erik enjoyed a 
long honeymoon in the Cook Islands. They 
live in Hoboken, NJ. • Brian, JD'07, and 
Caitrin (Lammon) Dunphy, MA'07, are proud 
to announce the birth of a baby girl, Elisabeth 
Grace, on May n in Boston. 


Correspondent: Matt Colleran 
Correspondent: Emily Wildfire 

Hello, Class of 1999! I hope you are enjoying 
winter. • Our classmates were very busy in 
2009! Phil and Susan (Maloney) Murray 
welcomed daughter Margaret "Maggie" 
Murray on May 17. Maggie was born very early 
at 24 weeks, weighing 1 lb., 9 oz. After 159 
days under excellent care in St. Elizabeth's 
NICU, Maggie came home on October 23, 
weighing 8 lbs., 12 oz. Maggie and her parents 
are doing well and are grateful for all the 
support of their family and friends. • Lisa and 
Lenny Scarola welcomed twins Angelo and 
Anthony on September 8 — born just in time 
to see their first Yankee World Series Champi- 
onship. They live in Roslyn Heights, NY. 

• On August 18, Chris and Kibibi Gaughan 
and daughter Abigail (2) welcomed Seamus 
Michael. • Fred and Daniela (Grande) Cardone 
welcomed a baby daughter, Adriana F. Car- 
done, on September 13. • John and Emily 
(Frieswyk) Wildfire welcomed a baby girl, Ella 
Grace, on November 22. She joins her two 
older brothers, William (3) and Michael (2). 

• Martin and Lori (Leonovicz) Weinstein 
welcomed their baby boy Joshua Michael, on 
July 18. He was also welcomed by his twin 
big brothers, Lori's stepsons Ethan and Max 
(7). They live in Chevy Chase, MD. • Steve 
Rossetti and his wife, Jill, welcomed their 
second child, John, on September 7. He joins 
older brother Matthew (2). • After working 
10 years in the financial industry, Carlos 
Olivares made a career change and opened a 
Chilean restaurant in Manhattan called Barros 
Luco ( Check it out next 
time you are on East 52nd St. • Bill and Sarah 
(Heffernan) Lundell, MBA'05, are proud to 
announce the birth of their baby boy, Liam 
Richard, on October 13, 2008. They live in 
Natick. • Patrick Kennedy wins the award for 
the longest class notes submission. Unfortu- 
nately BC holds me to a 400-word limit, so 
I can only include a few details. Patrick 
recently published his first book, Boston Then 
and Now (Thunder Bay Press, 2009). When 
not scoring, performing the soundtrack and 
acting in plays, playing in a folk band, or 
winning competitive chicken wing eating 
contests, he is the editor of two different 

Marissa Aroy '95 


It's not easy to pigeonhole film- 
maker Marissa Aroy '95. She's 
coordinated lighting for Good 
Morning America, followed addicts for 
HBO's Rehab series, and filmed poten- 
tial jumpers off the Golden Gate for 
the documentary The Bridge. 

Aroy, however, has become best 
known for her own productions, which 
often explore society's marginalized 
members. Her film, Sikhs in America, 
a PBS documentary she produced 
and directed with her husband, Niall 
McKay, won an Emmy Award this past 
fall for its portrayal of this often 
misunderstood religious community. 
Her upcoming documentary, The 
Delano Manongs, was inspired by her 
heritage and tells the story of Filipino 
farmworkers who challenged the racial 
and labor status quo in 1960s California. 

"These socially conscious works are particularly gratifying. The films help bring 
into focus people and cultures deserving of a greater voice," says Aroy, who owns and 
runs the production company, Media Factory, with McKay in Oakland, California. 

Next up? A horror film, of course. 

"I know it's a departure," she laughs. "But I enjoy all types of film, and I don't want 
to be locked into making a certain kind." 

Below, Aroy calls the shots on the following questions: 

Filmmaker Marissa Aroy has numerous 
documentaries and an Emmy win to her credits. 


That period when we're completely in sync 
with filming a subject. Getting everything 
right is a rare occurrence. 


Meeting my husband and filmmaking 
partner, Niall McKay. 


On Sunday nights, my friends and I would 
take turns making dinner for each other, 
and dessert would be a surprise. Good times. 


Make a horror film a la Army of Darkness. 
Lots of blood, inventive ways of dying, sick 
jokes. The antithesis of documentary. 


Get out and explore Boston! I never fixated 
on getting a fake ID and sneaking into bars. 


I haven't changed that much, actually. My 
hair is still long, I still want to lose the same 
10 pounds, and I would still be wearing 
flannel and baseball caps if I could get 
away with it, which I can't. 


Ramsay Liem's Asian American studies 
class. It was a revelation for me to read 
about the immigration experience, and 
the lessons I learned in that class are still 
relevant to my work in documentary film. 


Self-delusion. Take it three times a day 
before meals. 


Bapst Library. 


Place cushions on those hard wooden 
chairs in Bapst. 

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alumni magazines at BU! • That is all for this 
edition. Please keep the updates coming, 
and have a wonderful winter! 


Correspondent: Kate Pescatore 
65 Carolina Trail 
Marshfield, MA 02050 

Andy Sullivan joined William Gallagher 
Associates in Boston as an account executive. 
• Stephen Langone joined the Boston Red Sox 
in baseball operations. • Jeff Finley was named 
partner at Stephen M. Ferretti Inc. in Manhat- 
tan. • In 2008, Noelle Micek started An 
Organized Nest, Inc., a residential organization 
and design firm, which was featured in Califor- 
nia Home + Design magazine. • Saya Hillman's 
company, Mac 'n Cheese Productions, was 
featured on ABC and in TimeOut Chicago and 
Chicago magazine for the "make new connec- 
tions" events she hosts in her home. • Susan 
Pitt was married to Shane LaRue on Novem- 
ber 1, 2008, in Bermuda. • On August 1, 2009, 
Hugh O'Kane was married to Arianne 
Schlumpf on Long Island. The couple live and 
work in New York City. • Stephanie Haug 
married John Mullervy on August 15 in Elm 
Grove, WI. The couple reside in Medford. 
Also on August 15, Erik DeMarco married 

their first child, Elizabeth Deborah, on August 
11. • Plans are well under way for our 10th 
reunion. Can't wait to see you at the Heights! 


Correspondent: Erin Mary Ackerman 
16 Brightwood Avenue 
North Andover, MA 01845 


Correspondent: Suzanne Harte 

42 8th Street, Apt. 1102 

Charlestown, MA 0212c)) 6-17-50)6-5486 

Congratulations to Erin Byington, who 
welcomed a son, Declan John Byington, on 
March 8, 2009. • Tom Adrian is attending 
medical school at Georgetown University. • Duff 
Janus married Cindy Hsu on June 20, 2009, on 
the North Shore of Oahu. Peter Manderino 
served as a groomsman. BC grads in attendance 
were Shane Huempfner, Brandon Maitre 
MS 06, and John and Bridget Kate (Begley) 
Flaherty. The couple moved to Scottsdale, AZ, 
from Honolulu for work. • Mark '90 and Anne 
(Sargent) Gallagher welcomed a daughter, 
Charlotte Rose, on May 26. • Alison Simons, 

Jason Sinnarajah moved to Sydney, Australia, where 
he works for Google as a compliance manager for 
its Australia and New Zealand sales teams. 

Erin Smith in Lynn. • Jennifer Thomas was 
married to Jordan Zavislak on August 22 in 
Waterbury, CT They live in San Diego. • On 
September 26, Andrea K. Lang and Dennis 
Lin were married in Boston. The couple live in 
New York City. • Adam and Marykate Hanlon 
Hughes welcomed their first child, Maura 
Cannon, on October 12, 2008. • In January 
2009, Courtney (DiSchino) '01 and Sean 
McCarthy had a baby boy named Daniel. The 
family lives in Medfield. • On February 24, 
Joe, JD'03, and Abigail (Bronner) Theis 
welcomed J. Ethan Theis into their family. His 
adoring sisters, Marin and Meredith, love 
the newest addition! • Cory and Joanna Myer 
Lund welcomed a baby boy, Christian Jeffery, 
on March 31. The family resides in New 
Hampshire. • Nieve Ann was born on May 6 
to Krishna Konnath, MSW'oi, and James 
Maher. • On May 21, Brian and Melissa (Salas) 
Salamone welcomed their first child, Ashley 
Maria. • Jeff and Crystal Rask Augusta 
welcomed their first child, Evan James, on 
June 1. The family lives in North Attleboro. 
• After marrying in 2006, Thu Kim Nguyen 
and Wei-Fan Lai welcomed their first child, 
Justine Kim Lai, on May 23, 2009. • Ben and 
Alicia (Marzullo) Edwards welcomed their 
first child, Evan Christopher, on May 26. • In 
June, Maureen and Chris Principe had their 
second child, Lillian Grace. • Thomson and 
Jessica Pulzetti Nguy announce the birth of 

MBA09, has been named to the Boston Business 
journal'?, annual "40 Under 40" list. Alison 
joined Braver PC in 2004 and is the youngest 
employee of the firm to rise to the director level. 
She is director of marketing. • Alejandro Cortes 
married Julie Clutter at St. Rose of Lima Catholic 
Church in Cleveland, OH, on May 2. Tom 
Villano, Sean Connelly, Pat Kane, and Chris 
Schnieders were in the bridal party. In attendance 
were Jay and Celeste (Sedo) Tini, Tom Sullivan, 
Chris Lillemoe, Wes George, and Morgan 
Hansen. Alejandro is a judicial staff attorney at 
the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, and 
Julie works as an attorney for the Legal Aid 
Society of Cleveland. • Jason Sinnarajah moved to 
Sydney, Australia, in March after five months in 
Singapore. He works for Google as a compliance 
manager for its Australia and New Zealand sales 
teams. • Tim Dube has moved from San Fran- 
cisco to Washington DC to take on a new role in 
the government affairs office of Genentech. Tim 
has worked for Genentech since 2005, when he 
moved from Boston to San Francisco with his 
wife, Sara Lepore Dube. • Elizabeth Babinski 
married Brent Baker on August 15 at Les Zygo- 
mates in Boston. Her matron of honor was Katie 
(Babinski) Thompson '05. BC alumni in atten- 
dance included Anne (Sargent) Gallagher, Katie 
Skeffington, Angela (Brosnan) Walsh '03, Chris 
Walsh MBA'07, Brooke Shull, Rich Hobbie, 
Katie (Ryan) Kieran, and Meghan Robinson. The 
couple honeymooned in the Berkshires before 

Liz returned to her job teaching science at the 
Patrick F. Gavin Middle School in South Boston. 
She received her MEd in teacher leadership from 
the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 
2006. She is currently pursuing an MEd in mid- 
dle-school science teaching at Northeastern Uni- 
versity and will be starting a CAGS in educational 
leadership at Simmons next summer. Brent 
works for Adobe Systems Inc. The couple reside 
in Boston's South End. 


Correspondent: ToniAnn Kruse 

43 jane Street, Apt. 5R 

New York, NY 10014; 201-517-2205 

Gina Helfrich recently accepted a position 
at Harvard University as the first assistant 
director of the Harvard College Women's 
Center. • Michael '02 and Abigail (Mulligan) 
Keane, MSW05, are proud to announce the birth 
of Finnegan Anders on August 4, 2009. Mom 
and dad are thrilled he's finally here! • Keith and 
Meghan (Keaney) Anderson were married 
on September 6 in Marblehead. Eagles in 
attendance: Danielle Andre, Deanna (Devaney) 
S Venning MS 04, Bobby S Venning, Amanda 
Brandone, Megan (Conley) Rodriques, Allison 
Ruhlmann, Justin Bakes, Ryan Dewitt, Mike 
Good, and Beth (Peterson) '02 and Jeff Delaney. 
• Alice and Andrew Charland are proud to 
announce the birth of Anderson Hans Charland 
on June 6. Mom, dad, and gramps (Bill Charland 
'75), are extremely proud. • Jackie Carey is 
pursuing an MBA at Fordham University in New 
York. Since graduating, Jackie has worked at 
Goldman Sachs and UBS Financial Services in 
New York. She has also climbed Mount 
Kilimanjaro, volunteered with the Fresh Air 
Fund, and done fundraising for BC. • Adam 
DeMong and Abby DeCristofaro were married 
on August 8 in Chatham, NJ. Britt Burner and 
Sandra Schmidt Coombs were bridesmaids. 
Bryan Conley, Joseph Gormley, and Michael 
Walker were groomsmen. • Kristen Moore and 
Thomas Johnson were married on May 2 in Port 
Jefferson, NY. Bridesmaids included Dana 
Langston and Stephanie Casey. Kristen is 
currently pursuing a PhD in epidemiology at 
Drexel University, and Tom is a freelance 
photographer. • Emily Ball married Peter Jabbour 
on September 12 in Brewster. The reception was 
held at the Wychmere Harbor Club in Harwich 
Port. Bridesmaids included Laura Gilmore and 
Christine (Linnemeier) Bookbinder, MA05. 
Emily graduated from Columbia University's 
School of Social Work in 2006 and is a social 
science research analyst at the U.S. Department 
of Health and Human Services. Peter graduated 
from Seton Hall University School of Law in 
2006 and is associate general counsel for Maersk 
Inc. • Matt Szwarc and Katherine Grabenstatter 
'04 were married on August 22 in New York City. 
The maid of honor was Mary Grabenstatter '06. 
Classmates present included: Jeff Beck, John and 
Diana (DiBacco) Doroghazi, and Megan (Vitali) 
Mele. • Timothy Moriarty recently opened his 
trial practice law office in Holyoke; he lives in 
Florence, MA. • Ben, MS/MBA08, and Tara 
(Wilcox) Keffer, MBA08, were married on 
October 17 in Washington DC. Julie Wetherbee 
and Caitlin Hurley were bridesmaids. • Congrats 
to all, and happy new year! 



Correspondent: Alexandra "Allie" Weiskopf 


Katie Gillick married Daniel McClean on 
October 3 in St. Louis, MO. Fr. Neenan 
officiated the Mass, and Laura Bucks was a 
bridesmaid. The couple live in Chicago, where 
they both work. • Genevieve Curcio married 
Brendan McGuinness on September 26 at 
St. Patrick's on Long Island. Classmates in 
attendance included Dan Amato, Richard Freed, 
Andy Kampf. Emily Kearns MA'05, Victoria 
Larkowich. Dennis Mahoney, Beth McNally, 
Brett Peterson. Suzie Pomponio MEd'06, Nicole 
Prairie JD'09, Ross Pytko, Pat Ryan, Kelly 
Wallace, and Kim Young. Other alumni included 
best man Sean McGuinness '97, Amie Chang 
'05, Craig Genualdo '98, Danielle Levy-Genualdo 
'98, James McGuinness Jr. '60, Hugh O'Kane 
'00, and John O'Rourke '02. The couple live in 
South Boston, where Brendan is an accountant, 
and Genevieve is a clinical social worker. 
• Jennifer Sullivan married Timothy Mathien on 
August 29 in Warwick Neck, RI. Classmates in 
the bridal party included Ashley Brown, Adriane 
Hinman, and Diana Wood MBA'08. Classmates 
in attendance included Andrea (Phiambolis) 
Brockway, Deirdre Jennings, Benjamin Spera, 
and Sara Webby. The couple reside in Sydney, 
Australia. • Kristen LaMonica, MS'05, married 
Pasquale Pontoriero on August 23 at St. Ignatius. 
Alumni in the bridal party included Bryna 
LaMonica MBA'02, Marisa Policastro JD'07, and 
Kristen Richard MS'05. Alumni in attendance 
included Robert Amara, Michael Archambault, 
Jacob Berry, Christopher Burns, Jameson 
Crowley 06. Jennifer Elfstrom MA'05, Jessica 
Franco MS'05, Brad Gibson, Jeffrey Gubitosi '96, 
Jeffrey Rallo, James Russo, Stephen Ryan, Robin 
(Lech) and Robert Shoemaker, Michelle Tebsher- 
any '06, and William Watt. • Coleen Elstermeyer 
married Terence Hines on August 1 at St. 
Ignatius. The bridal party included Courtney 
Luther 06, Shannon (Langan) Tomaszewski, 
Daniel Tortola MBA'07, and Jennifer Velys. 
Other alumni in attendance included David 
Bliss, Willis Brucker, Kelly Crowther, and 
Paul Tomaszewski '05. The couple reside in 
Cambridge. Coleen serves as chief of staff in 
the Massachusetts House of Representatives, 
and Terry works at Wellington Management 
Company. • In other news, Jessica Walker 
received a graduate degree in comparative law 
from the University of Paris II Pantheon-Assas. 
During her studies, she was a rower, twice 
qualifying for and once medaling at the French 
University Nationals. • Kimberly Lamendola 
received an MS in health sciences and a physi- 
cian assistant studies certificate from George 
Washington University last August. 


Correspondent: joe Bowden 

g$ Harvest Lane 

Bridgewatei; MA 02324; 508-807-0048 

Curtis '02 and Ena (Hilaire) Bolden were 
married on August 31, 2008, in Randolph. 
Attendees included Ihioma Adighibe, 
Martsyl Joseph, Steve Hilaire '11, Jerome 

Christopher McLaughlin '04 


Is music recorded by a physics 
major art or science? Yes. 
Christopher McLaughlin '04, 
said physics major, is a musician 
and self-proclaimed gearhead who 
has parlayed playing in a BC rock 
band into operating a much-sought- 
after sound recording facility. The 
1867 Recording Studio, named for 
the year of its construction as a 
Masonic temple just outside of 
Boston, is where McLaughlin 
mixes imagination with expertise. 

"Physics helped me understand 
why I wanted to do things like splay 
the walls of my control room 
12 degrees," he says, "and build bass 
traps that use friction to absorb 
low-frequency sound energy." 

McLaughlin joined three members 
of the Class of 2001 — Ryan Heller, Rob McCaffrey, and Brad Parker — to form Aberdeen 
City, which cut its teeth on campus before performing over 200 shows nationwide from 
2001 to 2009 and making an album and several EPs. After the band stopped touring, 
McLaughlin discovered the unused temple that he has transformed, into what Boston 
Magazine has dubbed "Boston's best recording studio." 

Local bands and artists often book McLaughlin's cavernous space, but the lineup 
also includes those from New York and beyond — he recently recorded London-based 
Fanfarlo, for instance. 

Below, McLaughlin provides some additional notes: 

Christopher McLaughlin has combined his 
love of rock music and physics into an exciting 
new venture. 


No particular moment, just recording 
and creating. 


Every moment with my grandfather, Chet 
Perkins. It didn't matter what we were 
doing, it was by far the happiest, most con- 
fident feeling one could ever experience. 
Spending time with my immediate family 
gives me a very similar feeling. 


Hanging out with Mike Ticcioni, my fresh- 
man year roommate. Also, attending an anti- 
war protest in the Dust Bowl with Sociology 
Professor Stephen Pfohl and an amazing 
Jesuit who had spent time in Kurdistan. Those 
things are really what BC was about to me. 


Clean up the studio. It's a total mess. 


Go to class! 


I hOpe I'm getting a better sense of 
what's important in life. 


Because the campus was beautiful. I didn't 
realize how much more I would get out of it. 


When I find out, I hope someone will still 
want to interview me, so I can share it 
with everyone. 


I love the new architecture of Higgins Hall. 
Can I build a studio there? 


"Images of Deviance and Social Control" 
with Stephen Pfohl. Even when I was 
there, his classes were booked, but if you 
can get into it and are passionate, it's 
worth waking up for at any hour. 

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Ledbetter '02, Gadyflor St. Clair '00, and 
Drudys Ledbetter. • Elizabeth Reeves 
married Jonathan Messier on August 14, 
2009, in New Jersey. Kate Henry was maid 
of honor, and Todor Dakov and Guilford 
Forbes served as groomsmen. BC alumni 
attending included Claire De Filippis, 
Courtney Strong, Carolyn Rock, Maureen 
Traynor, Christy Slavik, Jennifer Calabrese, 
Lauren Christie, Rochelle Schneider, Paul 
Zentko, Peter Gartland, Joe DiSalvo, Colm 
Ryan JD'08, Kate Reilly '06, John Mattus 
'07, Jessica Maynard '07, Sue Keown '79, 
Suzanne Anthony MSW97, and Michael 
Anthony '80. • Tracey Wigfield served as a 
staff writer for the NBC comedy 30 Rock for 
season 4, and she was nominated for an 
Emmy Award for her work. She has also 
been selected to perform improvisational 
comedy at UCB Theatre in New York City. 
• Andrew Cardona married Laura McKinney 
'06 in Duxbury. The couple currently reside 
in Hoboken, NJ. • In 2008, Joseph Goljan 
graduated from Brooklyn Law School, 
where he served as notes and comments 
editor of the Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, 
Financial g[ Commercial Law as well as pres- 
ident of the Student Bar Association. He 
received the SBA Award upon graduation 
and was nominated for SBA of the Year by 
the American Bar Association. He passed 
the New York State bar exam and completed 
a postgraduate public service fellowship 
with the Office of the New York State Attor- 
ney General before joining the firm of 
Squitieri & Fearon, LLP, in New York City. 


Correspondent: Cristina Conciatori / 845-624-1204 
Correspondent: Tina Corea / 0)73-224-3863 

Meaghan Walsh married Thomas Cobb on 
August 30, 2009, on Cape Cod. Members of 
the bridal party included Katie Flaherty, Abby 
Kell, and Lindsay Pesacreta. Other alumni in 
attendance included Margaret Zulkey, Abby 
Scott, Kaitlin O'Malley, Shannon Stump, Katie 
Chiarantona, Krista Henneman, Lindsey 
LaBoe, Caitlin Murphy, Jessica Fashean Nelson, 
Jill Hark, and Julia Roboff. • Jayshree Mahtani 
graduated from Fordham University School of 
Law last May and plans to work at Incisive 
Media until January 2011, when she will join 
Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Manhattan. • Charlie 
Gale has been volunteering at the Chumkriel 
Language School and Learning Centre, located 
in Kampot Province in southeastern Cambodia. 
It is an English language school for students 
from rural, low-income families and relies heav- 
ily on foreign volunteers to assist the teachers 
and practice conversational skills with the stu- 
dents. The hope is that these students will one 
day be able to compete for scarce tourism and 
government jobs in the Cambodian workforce. 
Read more at www.chumkriellanguageschool 
.org/volunteer/index.html. • Mallory Cain is 
attending UC Berkeley in pursuit of a master's 
in social welfare with a concentration in health. 
• Alyson Boulanger and Andrew Smith were 
married on October 12, 2008, at St. Ignatius 

Ryan Farnan '06 and Jean-Paul Sanday '06 recently 
founded the Level Field Foundation, a nonprofit 
dedicated to building and renovating athletic facilities 
for disabled and inner-city youth. 

• Michael Hemak completed his medical 
degree at the University of Southern Cali- 
fornia's Keck School of Medicine last May 
and has begun his residency training in 
emergency medicine at Los Angeles County 
+ USC Medical Center. • Christine Daley 
and her younger sister, Alexandra, will be 
heading abroad to work with a nonprofit 
organization called Families in Vietnam. 
They have also started a new blog, Two 
Traveling Sisters. • Richard Boles, MA'07, 
and Christiane DeVries are happy to 
announce their marriage on August 8 in 
Washington DC, where they currently 
reside. Classmates in the wedding party 
included Richard Geary '06 and Kevin 
Vetiac. • Ryan Costa has joined Potter 
Anderson & Corroon LLP, where he is a 
member of the firm's corporate group. Ryan 
received his JD from George Washington 
University Law School, where he was arti- 
cles editor of the George Washington Interna- 
tional Law Review and a member of the 
International Law Society. 

Church. A reception followed at Wellesley 
Country Club. Bridal party members included 
Marissa (Peterson) Rogers, Christina (Pherson) 
Haag, Megan Lacerte, and Robinson Murphy 
MA'08. • Ryan Farnan and Jean-Paul Sanday 
recently founded the Level Field Foundation 
(, a nonprofit 
dedicated to building and renovating athletic 
facilities for disabled and inner-city youth. 
Richard McGowan, SJ, the legendary CSOM 
professor and mentor, is the foundation's third 
board member. After making a significant 
contribution to a safe, multisport "Miracle 
League" field for disabled kids in upstate New 
York, the foundation is now raising funds for a 
football/soccer/lacrosse field that will provide 
positive opportunities for kids in Mattapan, 
Boston's "forgotten" neighborhood. • Will and 
Anthony Nunziata made their concert debut at 
New York City's world-famous Feinstein's at 
Loews Regency this past fall. Their director, 
Richard Jay-Alexander, has worked with stars 
such as Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, 
Bernadette Peters, and Brian Stokes Mitchell. 

Read more at 
• Aislyn Gelerman and Charles Subrt, JD'94, 
were married on November 7 at St. Ignatius 
Church. The couple reside in Ashland. 


Correspondent: Lauren Faherty 
11 Elm Street 

Milton, MA 02186; 617-698-6608 
Greg Sclama is currently living in Udaipur, 
India. He is completing a volunteer internship 
with the international development organiza- 
tion ACCESS Development Services. 


Correspondent: Maura Tierney 
92 Revere Street, Apt. 3 
Boston, MA 02114 

Hello, Class of 2008! Just a few updates this 
time. • Gene Kane has been working for the 
Dana-Tarber Cancer Institute as a human 
research coordinator since graduation. Sean 
Hickey married Nicole Perey, and this past 
year, the couple welcomed their son, Rourke 
James Hickey. A warm congratulations to 
them both! • Please keep the updates coming, 
and I hope all is well in the new year! 


Correspondent: Timothy Bates 

277 Hamilton Avenue 
Massapequa. NY 11738 

Eagles still on the Heights are Jason Ng and 
Kevin O'Neil, both working on a master's in 
educational research, measurement, and evalu- 
ation. • Other Eagles in Boston include Sandra 
Grzebicki at Fontenot Contracting; Amanda 
Rumpf and Vic Lanio at PWC; Brian Heavey at 
State Street; Jackie Ouellet at Northwestern 
Mutual; Bryan Bunn at TJX Companies; James 
Primes at Deloitte; and Kevin Hawkins at 
Bowen Advisors. Brian Kettmer is working with 
City Year. Alexa Magdalenski is working with 
Mass Mentoring Partnership through Ameri- 
Corps. Chris Miller is with TechMission. Cory 
Madigan, Camie Petri, and Heather Goddard 
are working at the Dana-Farber Cancer Insti- 
tute. Brendan Stamm is an account executive at 
Radio 92.9 Boston, and Vanessa Flavin is a legal 
assistant at Jager Smith PC. Molly Keefe is 
working as a med-surg float nurse at St. Eliza- 
beth's in Brighton. • Eagles in New York City 
include Katie Morin, UBS; James Lizzul, 
JPMorgan; Matt Relle, Citigroup; Nat Probert, 
Barclays; Tori Flynn, PWC; Luke Schlafly, 
Deutsche Bank; and Danielle Solomon, Draft- 
fcb. • Kimani Gordon is working at Armani 
Exchange. Maggie Watkins is in the NYC Teach- 
ing Fellows program. Mike Sokolowski is 
an account services rep with ESPN. Claudia 
Huapaya is the marketing coordinator for Natasha Treacy is an investor 
relations specialist at Citco Fund Services. Katie 
Mcllroy is working at Memorial Sloan-Ketter- 
ing Cancer Center in the Surgical Advanced 


Care Unit. Kristen Sullivan is working for GE in 
Stamford, CT. • In Washington DC, Kristin 
Ferguson is a surgical oncology nurse at Wash- 
ington Hospital Center, and Katie Thomas is a 
surgical ICU nurse at Georgetown University 
Hospital. Katherine Buck is at JPMorgan. 
Lyndsey Thomas is at Edelman PR. Briana 
Thompson is a workforce program specialist for 
the U.S. Department of Labor. • In Chicago, 
Bryce Rudow is working at Lipman Hearne; 
Jacqueline Fraher is at Digitas; and Miljana 
Asanovic is at Zurich Financial. • Eagles 
advancing their education include Lucia 
Austria at Johnson & Wales, studying culinary 
arts; Mallory Barnett at Georgetown Medical 
School: Kerry Harnett at Cornell Law School; 
Jason Serrano at Syracuse University; and 
Justin Maccaro at Harvard Dental School. 
Mandy Balboni is working toward a PhD in 
experimental and molecular medicine at Dart- 
mouth College. Brett O'Brien is in Australia, 
studying environmental governance at the 
University of Melbourne. • Eagles abroad teach- 
ing English include Matt Porter in Kayseri, 
Turkey as a Fulbright scholar; Miriam Michal- 
czyk in Mantova, Italy; Cait Hall in Seoul, 
South Korea; and Cristina Costa in Japan. 

Fulton Hall, Room 315 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Michael Ott, MBA'90, has joined the 
Private Client Reserve at U.S. Bank as head 
of its investment team in the Twin Cities. 
Michael is active in the Twin Cities commu- 
nity as a board member of Children's Hos- 
pitals and Clinics of Minnesota. He is also a 
lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserves, 
where he serves as a military advisor at the 
Pentagon for an undersecretary of defense. 

• In December 2009, Rex Miller, MBA'05, 
joined Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP as an 
associate in the Columbus office. Rex will 
focus his practice in the firm's intellectual 
property group. Rex holds a JD from Ohio 
State University's Moritz College of Law. 

• Also in December, Richard Meringolo, 
MBA'92, was named EVP and director of 
Citizens Financial Group's Global Restruc- 
turing Group. Previously, he served as 
managing director and partner at Crystal 
Capital Fund Management. Richard, who 
holds a BA from Middlebury College, lives 
in North Kingstown, RI. • Ray Felts, 
MBA'oo, joined Article One Partners 
as COO in December. He was previously 
VP of business development for NineSigma. 
Ray holds a BS in electrical engineering 
from the University of Southern California. 

• Business Wire has recently named two 
Carroll School alumni to executive posi- 
tions: Morrissey Perfetti '94, MBA'oi, is 
now the company's regional VP for Western 
United States, and Sanford Paek, MBA '99 
is its regional VP for Eastern United States. 

Cushing Hall, Room 201 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Class Notes are published in BC Nursing 
VOICE, the Connell School's magazine. 
Please forward all submissions to the 
above address. 


McGuinn Hall, Room 221-A 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467; 617-552-3265 

McGuinn Hall, Room 123 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

In August 2009, Mary McManus, MSW'84, 
was featured on 7 News in Boston, where 
she spoke about her journey with post-polio 
syndrome. In 2007, Mary published New 
World Greetings: Inspirational Poetry and 
Musings for a New World, and her upcoming 
book, Set Sail for a New World: Healing a Life 
Through the Gift of Poetry, is scheduled for 
release this year. 


Vicki Sanders 
885 Centre Street 
Newton, MA 0245c) 

Class Notes for Law School alumni are 
published in the BC Law Magazine. Please 
forward all submissions to Vicki Sanders at 
the above address. 


Director of Alumni Relations 
Campion Hall, Room 106 
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

On November 8, 2009, Col. Bryan R. Kelly, 
MA'80, PhD'83, was promoted to brigadier 
general and is currently serving as the 
commanding general, Medical Readiness and 
Training Command, at Ft. Sam Houston, TX. 

Bryan is a clinical psychologist at the Barnstable 
(MA) Probate and Family Trial Court and has 
served in the Army Reserve as a clinical psychol- 
ogist since 1989. He has mobilized twice in 
support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, earning 
two Bronze Star medals for his service. 

• Nancy and Ken Mellard, MEd'76, served as 
presidents of the 36th Annual Snow Ball gala 
benefiting Catholic Charities Foundation of 
Northeast Kansas, held January 16 at the Crown 
Center Exhibition Hall in Kansas City. This is the 
Mellards' second year of a two-year term 
as event presidents. Last year, the Mellards 
led the event volunteer committee of more than 
75 members to raise more than $1.5 million. 

• Fred Herron, MEd'03, was named interim 
director for Mount Manresa Jesuit Retreat 
House on Staten Island. Earlier this year Fred's 
essay, "Our Transformation in Christ: Thomas 
Merton and Transformative Learning Theory," 
appeared in volume 21 of The Merton Seasonal 


School of Theology and Ministry 

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Serve, the School of Theology and Ministry's 
magazine. Please forward submissions of 
50 words or less, including school, degree, 
and graduation year, to the address above. 


Correspondent: JaneT. Crimlisk '74 

37 Leominster Road 

Dedham. MA 02026: 781-326-020)0 

Barbara Lyons '84 states that her nephew 
Thomas Nalen '93 was inducted into 
the Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame 
for football this past fall. It was great hearing 
from you, Barbara, and congratulations 
to your nephew! • Roland Bourdon Jr. '73 
retired on June 30, 2009, from the Boston 
Herald, where he had worked for 51 years. 
Roland sings in the Resurrection Church 
choir in Hingham. 



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Francis J. Voss '29, LLB'32, of Medford on 
November 27, 2009. 


Thomas J. Callahan '34 of Danvers on 
October 26, 2009. 

James D. Doherty '37 of Andover on 
November 25, 2009. 

Joseph B. Doherty '31 of Andover on 
November 25, 2009. 

Francis Hilbrunner '36 of Westwood on 
November 27, 2009. 

John J. Koumjian '37, MEd'47, of Watertown 
on November 2, 2009. 

Philip G. McConville '39, MA'47, of Dennis 
on November 13, 2009. 


Pasquale J. Abruzzese '41 of East Boston on 
October 19, 2009. 

Gerard T. Armitage '42 of Melbourne, FL, on 
November 14, 2009. 

Michael H. Bonacorso '45 of Stoneham on 
December 6, 2009. 

Thomas N. Brown '49 of Cambridge on 
October 23, 2009. 

E. Justin Childs '49 of Methuen on 
December 8, 2009. 

Rita M. Creamer '43, MSW'45, of Chico, CA, 
on May 1, 2009. 

Robert L. Cronin '47 of Princeton, NJ, on 

November 13, 2009. 

John R. Ellis '49 of Winchester on 
October 28, 2009. 

John V. Forkin '49 of Waltham on 
October 14, 2009. v 

Joseph A. Gauvin '49 of Wakefield on 
September 18, 2009. 

George T. Gildea '49 of Canton on 
October 25, 2009. 

Halim G. Habib '43 of Norfolk on 
November 10, 2009. 

Ernest J. Handy Sr. '42, JD'49, of South 
Walpole on January 8, 2010. 

John A. Holt '49, MA'51, of Dennis 
on December 9, 2009. 

Ann Maguire Joyce, MSW47, of Stoneham on 
November 2, 2009. 

Charles D. Kelley, Esq., '49, JD'54, 
of Maiden on December 1, 2009. 

Charles J. McCoy, CHF, '49 of Milton on 
November 30, 2009. 

Charles R. McCready Sr. '45 of Bonita Springs, 
FL, on November 27, 2009. 

William Mclnnes, SJ, '44, MA51, PhD'54, 
STL'58, of Chestnut Hill on December 8, 2009. 

Edmund J. Nagle '40, MSW'42, of 
Pittsfield on November 26, 2009. 

James A. O'Donohoe '43 of Boston 
on October 27, 2009. 

Charles W. Reilly '42 of Waltham on 
October 18, 2009. 

Jeremiah J. Twomey '40, of Southbury, CT, on 
November 24, 2009. 

Paul A. Waters Jr. '48 of Newton Center on 
November 28, 2009. 

Charles A. Williams '45, MA'51, of Exeter, NH, 
on August 1, 2007. 


William J. Ahern '52 of East 
Falmouth on October 23, 2009. 

James H. Awad '52 of Westport, CT, on 
October 13, 2009. 

Loretta Fitzgerald Barry '58 of Worcester on 
November 3, 2009. 

Harold F. Bennett Jr. '55 of Freehold on 
December 7,2009. 

Phyllis M. Calarese '55 of Ballwin, MO, on 
November 18, 2009. 

Brian E. Concannon '56, JD'62, of 
Marshfield on November 15, 2009. 

Thomas D. Conway '56 of Charlotte, NC, on 
October 25, 2009. 

Mary E. Corcoran, MEd'53, of Winthrop on 
September 13, 2009. 

William M. Cryan '50 of Dumfries, VA, on 
February 19, 2009. 

John J. Cullinane '56 of Melrose on 
December 17, 2009. 

William J. Curtin '52 of Hingham on 
December 4, 2009. 

James F. Davey, MEd'59, of North 
Smithfield, RI, on June 29, 2009. 

Bernard F. Desavage '59 of Laurel, MD, on 
June 21, 2009. 

Joseph A. Desmond '58 of Contoocook, NH, 
on November 10, 2009. 

Charles R. Doyle '50 of West Roxbury on 
December 12, 2009. 

Ruth Mulry Flagler '55 of Sarasota, FL, on 
March 25, 2008. 

Manuel Fontes '52 of Westport on 
November 2, 2009. 

Paul R. Gallagher '54 of Northboro on 
October 30, 2009. 

Jeanne Hannon Grace NC'52 of Braintree on 
October 21, 2009. 

Francis G. Hughes '53 of Worchester on 
November 25, 2009. 

William E. Hughes '51 of Mundelen, IL, on 
August 5, 2009. 

Lawrence F. Karl '51 of New Canaan, CT, on 
November 12, 2009. 

Robert B. Kelleher Jr. '55 of Dover on 
November 8, 2009. 

Richard A. Line '58 of Lady Lake, FL, on 
September 5, 2009. 

Mary M. Lovett '52 of Quincy on 
November 15, 2009. 

Edward J. Marnell '54 of Cape Coral, FL, on 
November 1, 2009. 

Lawrence C. McAuliffe '53 of West Roxbury on 
October 12, 2009. 

Paul A. McDermott '54 of Quincy on 
December 13, 2009. 

William F. McDonald '51 of Pocasset on March 
6, 2009. 

John J. McDonough '50 of Potomac, MD, 
on November 27, 2009. 

Thomas P. McGinn '51 of Danvers on 
December 6, 2009. 

Thomas F. McGowan '52, MBA'65, of Mesa, 
AZ, on November 12, 2009. 

Edward P. McLaughlin, MS'51, of Braintree on 
September 17, 2009. 

Virginia McLaughlin, CSC, '59, MS'66, 
MEd'78, of South Bend, IN, on October 31, 

George H. Moore '50 of Fort Mill, SC, on 
July 12, 2009. 

Brendan Nally '57 of Fitchburg on 
November 3, 2009. 

Edward W. O'Brien '53 of Watertown on 
October 12, 2009. 

Thomas P. O'Malley, SJ, '51, PHL56, of 
Chestnut Hill on November 4, 2009. 

Arthur St. Onge, Esq., JD'53, of Gorham, ME, 
on November 28, 2009. 

John J. O'Toole '55 of Quincy on 
November 7, 2009. 

John R. Papineau '59 of Needham on 
June 29, 2009. 

Joseph P. Pavone '55 of Naples, FL, on 
November 13, 2009. 

Fordie H. Pitts Jr., '56 of Scituate on 
October 27, 2009. 

Jane M. Pray '57 of South Chatham on 
October 17, 2009. 

Ethel E. Provost, MS'59, of Buffalo, NY, on 
November 4, 2009. 

John F. Sherlock, JD'52, of Pawrucket, RI, on 
May 30, 2009. 

Thomas M. Simmons, Esq., JD'56, of Boston 
on November 28, 2009. 

John J. Stencavage '56 of Manchester, NH, on 
December 1, 2009. 

John T. Sullivan '50 of West Hampton Beach, 
NY, on January 17, 2009. 

John C. Tiernan, Esq., '55 of Brecksville, OH, 
on December 17, 2009. 

Geraldine Dunne Toler '57 of Peabody on 
November 20, 2009. 

John H. Walsh '50 of Peabody on 
November 13, 2009. 

James E. Waters '50 of Satellite Beach, FL, on 
October 27, 2009. 



Timothy J. Banfield Jr. '67 of Columbus, OH, 
on October 31, 2009. 

David J. Barry '68, JD'71, of Peabody on 
November 19, 2009. 

Patricia Boyle. MEd'68, PhD'73, of Duxbury 
on May 29, 2008. 

Mary M. Chambers '62 of Franklin on 
October 28, 2009. 

Thomas D. Culley, SJ, STL'66, of New 
Orleans, LA, on July 14, 2009. 

Paul H. Donovan Jr. '63 of Hockessin, DE, on 
December 6, 2009. 

William J. Flynn '60 of Sandwich on 
November 23, 2009. 

Mary Freda Gould, SSND.'6o of Wilton, CT, 
on November 14, 2009. 

Philip K. Langan '60 of Enfield, CT, on 
November 23, 2009. 

Joseph H. Lynch '65 of Columbus, OH, on 
December 27. 2008. 

Thomas P. Lynch '63 of Brockton on 
November 20, 2009. 

Donald R. Marquis, MA'67, of Nashua, NH, 
on October 28, 2009. 

Edward L. McCarthy, MEd'65, of Yorktown 
Heights, NY, on July 29, 2009. 

John P. McDonnell '64 of Natick on 

November 14, 2009. 

Patrick J. McDonough '65 of Pocasset on 
May 5, 2009. 

Thomas J. Murphy, MEd'63, of Sterling, IL, 
on November 4, 2009. 

Ronald E. Oliveira, Esq., JD'61, of Stockbridge 
on December 7, 2009. 

William L. O'Neil, SJ, '62 of Fairfield, CT, on 
October 19, 2009. 

Claire J. Pedranti '60 of Boston on 
October 13, 2007. 

William J. Perron Jr. '60 of Ridgefield, CT, on 
April 12, 2009. 

Josephine Flynn Pouliot NC'69 of Gloucester 
on November 14, 2009. 

Ralph J. Pulcini Sr. '60 of Canton on 
December 17, 2008. 

James N. Rath, MA/MEd'66, of Chester, CT, 
on October 20, 2009. 

Gertrude T Redmond '65, MS'67, DEd'88, of 
Salem, NH, on January 17, 2009. 

David G. Rice '66 of Dayton, NJ, on 
January 19, 2009. 

Mary Westphal Richardson '63 of Williams- 
burg, VA, on October 31, 2009. 

Priscilla Riley, MSW64, of Brookline on 
November 2, 2009. 

Mary Sharon Smith, PBVM, MA'67, of 
Worcester on October 28, 2009. 

John P. Sullivan '62, MSW'64, of Scituate 
on October 19, 2009. 

Margaret Desales Sullivan, SCNJ, MAT'6o, of 
Hackensack, NJ, on December 1, 2009. 

Patricia Slack Vaitkus '65 of Tijeras, NM, on 
November 14, 2009. 

William T. West '65 of Santa Barbara, CA, on 
October 17, 2009. 

John R. Williamson, MBA'67, of York, ME, on 
November 16, 2009. 

Charles C. Winchester, Esq., JD'61, of Milton 
on October 21, 2009. 


Marilyn A. Barba '74 of Mirror Lake, NH, on 
November 5, 2009. 

Lawrence Clifton Brown Jr. '72 of Burke, VA, 
on August 18, 2009. 

Kenneth J. Canavan '76 of Holliston on 
March 8, 2009. 

Patricia L. Kelley, MS'73, PhD'79, of Waban 
on October 24, 2009. 

Elbert J. Lalande, MEd'70, of Mobile, AL, on 
October 3, 2008. 

Joseph A. McNally '74 of Mililani, HI, on 
February 26, 2009. 

Alice M. Moore, MSW'76, of Cumberland, RI, 
on September 24, 2009. 

Kenneth M. Naumes '79 of Westwood on 
October 21, 2009. 

Lynn A. Noyes, MSW77, of Colchester, CT, on 
November 22, 2009. 

Michael W Riordan Jr., MBA'72, of San 
Antonio, TX, on October 27, 2009. 

William L. Ruane Jr. '75 of Belmont on 
November 5, 2009. 

William Gerard Stanton Jr. '78 of Reston, VA, 
on April 13, 2007. 

Jean F. Teague '73 of West Dennis on 
October 21, 2009. 

Theresa A. Wilcox '70, MS'78, of Abington on 
November 21, 2009. 


Kathleen Tegan Draper '84 of Brockton on 
March 14, 2009. 

Julie Simons Droney '87, MSW'91, of Canton 
on December 6, 2009. 

Robert E. Hentz, CAES'82, of Billerica on 
December 1, 2009. 

John F. McDermott, MEd'8o, of Saint 
Augustine, FL, on October 16, 2008. 

Bruce A. Rovner '82 of Peabody on July 9, 2009. 

Maryellen Courtney Zapata '81 of Wollaston 
on November 11, 2009. 


Christina Frances Faherty, MS'95, of 
Pepperell on November 21, 2009. 

Marcella A. Judge '94 of Brookline on 
October 8, 2009. 

Edward Louis Valente, MS'90, of Tewksbury 
on November 16, 2009. 


Jamen J. Amato '07 of Pasadena. CA, on 
October 14, 2009. 

J. Peter Oakes, MBA'oi, of Boston on 
November 16, 2009. 


• Rita Kelleher, of Hingham, professor and 
dean of the Connell School of Nursing 
from 1947 to 1973, on November 2, 2009, 
at age 101. 

• Rev. James O'Donohoe, of Framingham, 
professor of theology from 1978 to 1999, 
on October 27, 2009, at age 88. 

• William Mclnnes, Sj, of Weston, professor 
and assistant dean of the Carroll School 
from 1959 to 1964, and chaplain to the 
Alumni Association from 1998 to 2008, 
on December 8, 2009, at age 86. 

• Mary Daly, of Newton Centre, professor of 
theology from 1966 to 1999, on January 4, 
2010, at age 81. 

• Thomas P. O'Malley, Sj, of Boston, profes- 
sor and dean of the College of Arts and 
Sciences from 1967 to 1980, and professor 
in the A&.S Honors Program since 1999, 
on November 4, 2009, at age 79. He is 
survived by brothers Austin and John and 
sister Mary. 

• Catherine F. Carey, of West Roxbury, recep- 
tionist in the President's Office from 1986 
to 1999, on December 28, 2009, at age 78. 
She is survived by her husband John, 
daughters Marilyn and Janet, and son Brian. 

• William D. McClurg, of Maiden, Boston 
College Police officer from 1971 to 1997, on 
December 26, 2009, at age 78. He is sur- 
vived by his wife Elizabeth, sons Steven, 
Darren, and Robert Horton, and daughters 
Linda Lau and Carol Johnson. 

• Alvito Petriello, of Billerica, carpenter in 
Facilities Services since 1994, on October 
29, 2009, at age 58. He is survived by 
his mother Rosa, wife Anna, daughters 
Christina Emanuel, Cathy Lachance, and 
Denise Gaudet, and son Alvito, Jr. 

• Peter Oakes, of Boston, business 
manager for the Alumni Assocation from 
2001 to 2005, on November 16, 2009, 

at age 43. He is survived by his parents, 
Gail and lerome. 

The obituaty section is compiled from national listings and notices from family manners and 
fiends of alumni. The section includes only the deaths reported to us since the previous ism 
Boston College Magazine. Please send information to: Office ofUni nt, 

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A record-breaking 26,346 
undergraduate alumni 
came together as one last year 
during the Neenan Challenge 
and made annual gifts of all 
sizes to the University. Their 
support triggered a Si-million 
challenge grant for financial 
aid, which provided immediate 
and much-needed assistance 
to students who wouldn't 
otherwise be able to afford 
a Boston College education. 

This inspiring success has 
made possible the new Alumni 
Participation Challenge — a 
multiyear drive that will continue 
through the Light the World 
campaign and could net BC 
as much as $3 million more 
in financial aid. The challenge 
seeks to build an essential an- 
nual base of financial support 
that will help the University 
meet ongoing needs vital to 
the success of BC students. 

"The same anonymous donor 
behind the Neenan Challenge 
has stepped up once again," says 
campaign co-chair William Geary 
'80. "Now all BC alumni must 
display that same passion for 
their alma mater. Together, we'll 
show what the power of partici- 
pation can do at the Heights." 

The goal for this year is 
29,000 undergraduate alumni 
donors, and meeting this target 
will generate a gift of $500,000 
for financial aid. Achieving other 
annual goals will activate gifts 
of equal size as BC moves 
toward the overall campaign 
goal of 40,000 alumni giving 
each and every year. 

The value of all gifts lies at the 
heart of the Alumni Participation 
Challenge. In fact, donations of 
$100 or less last year amounted 
to $1.3 million and contributed 
to the University's ability to 
increase undergraduate financial 


The William B. Neenan, S.J., Society is the new recognition 
society for alumni who make annual gifts of any amount in 
consecutive years. Those who made a gift last year, and 
who also give this year, will be inaugural members of this 
special group and will help the University meet the Alumni 
Participation Challenge. Like the society's namesake, the 
University's beloved Fr. Bill Neenan, these alumni donors 
strengthen the BC community in innumerable ways. 

Learn more at 

Annual giving donors help BC students benefit from a Jesuit, Catholic 
education that combines classroom learning with opportunities to 
improve greater society. 

aid by 7.4 percent. This significant 
boost was especially meaningful 
since nearly seven in ten BC 
students receive some form of 
financial assistance, and their 
need is greater than ever given 
the current economic climate. 

Yet, the annual impact of 
these gifts extends well beyond 
financial aid. They provide 
crucial resources for BC's other 
core priorities, such as student 
formation programming; the 
University's Jesuit, Catholic 
heritage; and faculty research 
support. Donors can also give 
to what is most important to 
them at the Heights and, for 
instance, allocate their gifts 
to Appalachia Volunteers, 
intramural athletics, or the 
McMullen Museum of Art. 

"Alumni must realize that 
their gift — of any size or to any 

designation — makes a 
critical difference every year," 
says Nancy Spadaro Bielawa 
'85, who has given annually 
for 17 years and currently 
serves on her 25th Reunion 
Gift Committee. 

Currently, 71 percent of 
BC donors give again the fol- 
lowing year. While that figure 
may seem impressive, BC trails 
most of its peers: Dartmouth 
and Holy Cross have donor re- 
tention rates of 79 percent and 
84 percent, respectively, and 
Princeton retains 87 percent 
of its donors from year to year. 

"Alumni have plenty of 
incentive to give annually," says 
Bielawa. "Their gifts support 
the most immediate needs of 
the University and now could 
mean an extra $3 million in 
financial assistance." 





oston College 
' competes with the 
very best," says Michael J. 
Naughton, the Evelyn J. and 
Robert A. Ferris Professor of 
Physics and department chair. 
"The University has top-notch 
faculty and is attracting some 
of the brightest students in 
the world." 

Like many BC professors, 
Naughton shares his passion 
for the Heights with hundreds 
of alumni each year — often 
speaking to graduates across 
the country about the transfor- 
mation occurring at the 
University and how they can 
"help BC achieve greatness 

both inside and outside of the 
classroom." Naughton 
notably inspired the concept 
of "nano-giving" during the 
Neenan Challenge last year, 
and he has a special perspective 
on Light the World, because 
he's both raising awareness 
of BC's goals and directly 
benefiting from the 
campaign's success. 

"Light the World's impact 
on faculty and students can't 
be overstated," says Naughton, 
who joined the physics depart- 
ment in 1998. "I've seen 
Boston College grow substan- 
tially as a research university, 
and the campaign will enable 

BC to take the next dynamic 
step in this area." 

The University is boldly 
committing to interdisciplinary 
research across the liberal 
arts and the sciences. For 
Naughton, this means greater 
opportunities to explore the 
burgeoning field of nanotech- 
nology and to enhance the 
related collaboration between 
BC faculty and students in 
the disciplines of physics, 
chemistry, and biology. 

He's part of a team that 
experiments with cylindrical 
structures composed of carbon 
and silicon that are 10,000 
times smaller in diameter 
than a single human hair. 
When such structures are 
bundled together to form 
nanowires and nanotubes, they 

have a wide range of potential 
uses. Currently, Naughton and 
his colleagues are investigating 
applications that could lead to 
the early detection of ovarian 
cancer, an MRI variant that 
can depict individual cells, 
and more highly efficient solar 
cells, among other benefits. 

Donor support helps make 
these innovations possible 
and also funds important re- 
search fellowships that enable 
undergraduates to work in 
BC laboratories year-round 
and to share in the success 
of scientific discovery. 

"Such experience is invalu- 
able," says Naughton, "but that 
doesn't mean it comes at a high 
price. True to the nano-giving 
concept, every gift — regardless 
of its size — will strengthen 
Boston College in this effort." 


Christopher Crillo '05, MBA'i3 


Wellesiey, Massachusetts 




Higher education and 
student affairs 


Undergraduate Government 
of Boston College (UGBC) 

What made your Boston College experience rewarding? 
My time as an undergraduate was especially meaningful because 
I was able to join activities that challenged who ! was and who 
I wanted to be. ! found participating in PULSE, the Kairos Retreat 
Program, and UGBC to be particularly rewarding — as was serving 
as a resident assistant and attending Fr. Himes's weekly Mass 
in St. Mary's Chapel. Each made an impact and helped to form 
who ! am today. 

How has the Maroon & GOLD initiative enhanced your BC connection? 
After graduation, I moved to Los Angeies to pursue a graduate de- 
gree. BC alumni events, and GOLD [Graduates Of the Last Decade] 
events in particular, eased my transition. I attended game watches 
and Masses, as well as events with Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo 
and prominent alumni. All were opportunities to stay connected to 
my alma mater as BC alumni became my family away from home. 

Why should other alumni participate in Maroon & GOLD? 
As co-chair of the Maroon & GOLD Executive Committee, 1 feel it's an 
excellent way for recent graduates to continue to share in BC's special 
mission. They have opportunities to attend events organized especially 
for them and to volunteer with fellow young alumni on behalf of the 
University. GOLD alumni can also show their pride by making an 
annual gift of any size to BC, which will help ensure that today's 
undergraduates achieve their dreams. Staying engaged is what really 
matters, and ail recent graduates who give back, in whatever way 
they can, are part of this special group. 





By William Bole 

How does AIDS enter the brain? 


While death rates from AIDS have been falling worldwide, 
there has been no comparable decline in the prevalence 
of AIDS-related dementia. Such cases continue to pile up, mainly 
because, with the advent of antiretroviral drugs, AIDS sufferers 
are living longer. 

Between 30 and 40 percent of AIDS patients have brain-related 
illnesses linked to their disease, according to figures cited by asso- 
ciate biology professor Kenneth Williams, who came to Boston 
College in 2007 (after a decade of research at Harvard Medical 
School) to conduct basic research into the cellular science of AIDS. 
For some time, Williams says, researchers have suspected that the 
AIDS virus doesn't cause neurologi- 
cal and cognitive damage on its own, 
that it works through other means. He 
and his 12-member team in Higgins 
Hall have gained recognition for iden- 
tifying the agent — a particular kind 
of white blood cell that, like a Trojan 
horse, traffics HIV into the brain. 

The cells are called monocytes, 
which, in a healthy body, help to get 
rid of foreign material such as bac- 
teria and viruses. They start off in 
the bone marrow and circulate in the 
bloodstream before finding a home 
in various bodily tissues — the liver, 
for instance, or the lungs. There, they 
develop into a potent, devouring form 
called a macrophage, which has been 
branded the "main scavenger" cell of , 
the body's immune system. If HIV- 
bearing monocytes find a home in 
the brain, says Williams, they become 

what he likes to call macrophage "bad-guys," infecting the organ 
and releasing chemicals that damage neurons. 

"Potentially, you could stop or reverse brain disease and AIDS 
dementia" by depleting immune systems of these cells, says 
Williams, who has done just that, in experiments involving mon- 
keys with SIV/AIDS, the simian version of the disease. In those 
experiments, conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital, brain 
disease either slowed significantly or reversed altogether. 

Working with collaborators from several institutions, Williams 
has fleshed out these findings in a recent flurry of papers published 
in leading scientific journals. 

In the May 2009 edition of the American Journal of Pathology, 
for example, he and five coauthors reported on a study (of infected 
primates) in which the researchers genetically modified stem 






cells, decreasing a receptor for HIV so that the cells could not be 
infected with the virus. The stem cells were used in the marrow 
to cultivate monocytes, and the monocytes that reached the brain 
remained virus-free. Indeed, HIV-free monocytes/macrophages 
continued to be found in the brain tissue for more than four years, 
leading the researchers to conclude that stem cells resistant to HIV 
could restore a healthy population of macrophages to the damaged 
brains of AIDS sufferers. 

In a study published April 28, 2009, in Neurology, Williams 
and another set of collaborators, using brain imaging and other 
techniques, found that neurological injuries in humans with AIDS 

usually take place within two to three 
weeks of a person's initial exposure 
to the virus. This is sooner than many 
experts had believed, and highlights the 
need for early treatment, says Williams. 
A paper prepared for publication in 
PLoS Pathogens correlates high quan- 
tities of monocytes leaving the bone 
marrow of AIDS-infected laboratory 
animals with development of rapid 
AIDS and the severe AIDS-related 
encephalitis, an inflammation of the 
brain. The coauthors of that paper 
include five members of Williams's 
team in the biology department: 
research professor Tricia Burdo, who 
took the lead in the effort; undergrad- 
uate students Jessica Button TO and 
Krystyna Orzechowski TO; post-doc- 
toral associates Anitha Krishnan and 
Caroline Soulas; and Williams. 

With a $10 million grant from the 
National Institutes of Health, Williams is now overseeing clinical 
trials of a drug that might halt the invasion of infected monocytes 
into the brain. The project involves researchers at the University 
of California, San Francisco, and the University of Hawaii, as well 
as an industrial partner, California-based drug maker Pathologica. 
Many researchers were initially skeptical of Williams's theory 
of the emergence of specific populations of bone marrow-derived 
cells that go on to damage the central nervous system, notes Howard 
E. Gendelman, who chairs the department of pharmacology and 
experimental neuroscience at the University of Nebraska Medical 
Center and is considered a founder of the field of monocyte- 
macrophage research. Gendleman says he counted himself among 
the skeptics, but adds, "Ken has simply revolutionized the field" by 
demonstrating his case. 



WINTER 2010 

illustration: Chris Sharp 

Works eV 

Forry, at the Reporter's Dorchester office 

Inside story 

By Dave Denison 

Community newsman Bill Forry '95 

With his first online posting of the news 
at 5:50 p.m. on January 12 ("Catastrophe: 
Haiti Hit with 7.0 Earthquake"), Bill Forry, 
managing editor of the monthly Boston 
Haitian Reporter, became a clearinghouse 
for communications among Haitians in 
New England. Dispensing temporarily 
with print publication and focusing on 
the Reporter website, he posted until 2:00 
a.m. — "Radio Teleginen has photos of the 
damage," "Kenson Calixte . . . has talked 
with two relatives" — resuming at 7:40. 
Over the ensuing days he continued to 
turn out news stories at a rapid pace (nine 
bylines on January 14th alone): "Western 
Union offers 'no fee' money transfers," 
"Finally, word from [the neighborhood of] 
Delmas coming in." 

Forry grew up in an Irish- American 
family in Dorchester, a Boston neighbor- 
hood beginning to draw large numbers 
of Haitians. (The city ranks third behind 
Miami and New York in Haitian immi- 
grants, with about 55,000, according to a 
2008 census survey.) As a sophomore at 
Boston College, he met Linda Dorcena 
'96, a daughter of Haitian immigrants, 
at an NAACP meeting. The two married 
in 2000. Five years later, Linda Dorcena 
Forry was elected a state representative. 

The Forrys now raise two children 

down the street from the house where Bill 
grew up. It was there, in 1 983, that Bill's 
father, Edward Forry '69, made the deci- 
sion to quit banking and launch a weekly 
community newspaper, the Dorchester 
Reporter, with his wife, Mary. Bill was 10 
at the time. "I was always involved, even 
as a kid, kind of helping out," he recalls. "It 
started out of my parents' house, so I didn't 
have much of a choice." 

The business expanded with publi- 
cation of the local Mattapan Reporter, 
the Boston Irish Reporter, and, in 2001, 
the Boston Haitian Reporter. Forry is 
managing editor of all four papers. He 
was halfway through a sabbatical year, 
working on a master's in public admin- 
istration at Harvard's Kennedy School 
of Government, when news of the earth- 
quake brought him back to the office. 

The Boston Haitian Reporter tells the 
story "of this community," he says, but it 
also has tended ties to Haiti. Three days 
after the earthquake, Forry made contact 
by cell phone with Richardson Innocent, a 
friend who, weeks before, had returned to 
live in Haiti. Innocent told Forry what he'd 
witnessed in Port-au-Prince, and the story 
became the centerpiece of the January 
edition of the Boston Haitian Reporter: 
Community journalism, across borders. 

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